This program is used to educate teens and parents about prescription drug abuse, offered at no cost. Local pharmacists deliver the presentation “One Choice Changes Everything” to students in grades 7-12 at schools, youth organizations, or faith-based groups. Students learn the facts and hear stories of other teens whose lives were forever changed by misusing prescription drugs. Request a free teen or parent presentation here.
The DuPage County Health Department’s Health Promotions team provides free health education programming to DuPage County schools. The programs offered focus on mental health, life skills (including the evidence-based Botvin LifeSkills Training), drug prevention, nutrition and physical activity, and disease prevention. Learn more about current program offerings (best viewed using Google Chrome), or contact the Health Promotions team to request health education programming.
Lions Quest is an evidence-based, PreK – 12 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program in use by educators in over 90 countries around the world. Social and emotional skills provide the foundation for preventing risky behaviors and substance use. Visit the Lion’s Quest website for more information about the curriculum, pricing, and information on how to order Lions Quest.
Find free science and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs – all funded or created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Operation Prevention’s classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce students to the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body.
Robert Crown Center’s Science Behind Drugs (SBD) Curricular Resources have been developed to assist teachers in their classrooms. Combining information on addiction and neurological development with social-emotional skill building exercises, lessons and activities are based on the most current research and successful prevention practices.
SAMHSA’s NREPP promotes the adoption of scientifically established behavioral health interventions. Search the database to find interventions reviewed by NREPP.
Public and private high school students from across DuPage County schools are welcome to participate in an after school group, where they advocate for a healthier community. Reality is committed to positive youth development, substance use prevention, and more. Students gain leadership skills by working for policy changes that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, hear from guest speakers, and plan events. For more information, contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard Student and Community Projects Coordinator.