Project Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) is a drug abuse prevention program focused on high school youth, ages 14 to 19. The TND curriculum is structured in 12 in-class interactive sessions that consist of motivation-skills-decision-making material targeting the use of cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs and violence-related behaviors. The topics are:
Each of the 12 classroom-based lessons runs approximately 40 to 50 minutes, and is designed to be conducted over a four-week period. The instruction students receive in the interactive format include cognitive motivation enhancement activities (to avoid drugs), detailed information about the social and health consequences of drug use, and correction of cognitive misperceptions about illegal drugs. The instruction also includes active listening, effective communication skills, stress management, coping skills, tobacco cessation techniques, and self-control to counteract risk factors for drug abuse relevant to older teens.
TND has been tested at traditional and alternative high schools. Evaluations in three experimental evaluations involving approximately 3,000 youths from 42 schools showed very positive results. At one-year follow-up, relative to the comparison group, participants who received the 12-session program experienced:
OJJDP Blueprints Project: Model program
Mr. Jim Miyano
University of Southern California, Department of Preventive Medicine
Unit 8, Suite 4124
1000 South Fremont Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: (800) 400-8461
Fax: (626) 457-4012
Web site: http://tnd.usc.edu
Sussman, S.; Rohrbach, L.; and Mihalic, S. (2004). Blueprints for Violence Prevention, Book Twelve: Project Towards No Drug Abuse. (D. S. Elliott, Series Editor). Boulder, CO: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado.