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The first of two ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition Town Hall meetings was held at the Lawrence County Community Room Thursday night.

Programs currently being conducted by ATOD were discussed as well as the upcoming LifeSkills Training program.

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-4/29/09

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The Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program has been awarded top ratings from the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). LST, a drug abuse and violence prevention program, received a perfect 4.0 for its overall Readiness for Dissemination (RFD) score, which rates the quality of LST curriculum materials, web site, training, technical assistance, and overall support infrastructure. 

LST also received a near-perfect 3.9 for the Quality of Research score, which assesses the quality of the research supporting the effectiveness of the LST program (including the validity and reliability of outcome measures, the appropriateness and strength of research designs, the appropriateness of data analysis, and the measures of implementation fidelity).

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-4/21/09

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Despite state budget cuts looming in the upcoming fiscal year, Garrett County, Maryland expects to receive more money for the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. The county's drug and alcohol abuse prevention program is one of the largest in the state with Botvin LifeSkills Training focusing on third to eighth grades.

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-4/10/09

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In the bout with the methamphetamine epidemic, the Marshall County Bowen Center has stepped into the ring. The plan is to get there before the problem begins. 


By the end of this month, all sixth- or seventh-graders in Marshall County will be taught LifeSkills Training (LST) classes. Implemented in 13 elementary, middle and junior high schools, students will receive four to eight LST sessions throughout the year during resource or study hall time.


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-4/7/09

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This month, Plymouth schools Riverside and Lincoln Jr. High will implement Botvin LifeSkills Training to teach kids drug resistance skills. 

“Kids who undergo LifeSkills Training are 75 to 87 percent less likely to use gateway drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. Kids in the training were almost 70 percent less likely to use all other drugs, including methamphetamine,"said Robert Ryan director of the Bowen Center, a drug treatment facility in Marshall County.

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-4/2/09

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Investing in addiction prevention programs yields a 10-1 return for society, according to researchers from Iowa State University (ISU) who studied the Iowa Strengthening Families Program and the LifeSkills Training Program.

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-3/16/09

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According to researchers from Iowa State University, every dollar invested in substance-abuse prevention yields $10 in savings.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program showed to have a $9.98 return on investment for every $1 spent in terms of preventing methamphetamine use.

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-2/4/09

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Demopolis Middle School hosted its first awards ceremony for its LifeSkills Training program on Thursday. Sixth-graders have been taking the LifeSkills course to help them make good decisions at a crucial point in their lives.

"LifeSkills is a curriculum that is designed to help students in Grade 6 improve self-esteem, confidence, image and instruct them on how to make good decisions,” said LifeSkills Training instructor Loretta Wilson. “It also increases their awareness about various forms of tobacco use and alcohol and drug use.

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-1/30/09

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Sixth-graders at Dover Middle School have gained some insight on the effects of smoking and alcohol, and the knowledge is helping them think twice about how it relates to their own well-being.

"The Health Department has been trying to implement this program in the schools for a long time,” said licensed teacher Valerie Wenger. “We think it is the best deterrent program we have ever seen.”

She explained that the training is different from other prevention programs because it is based on what current research shows about the causes of substance abuse.

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-12/19/08

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Thanks to the Botvin LifeSkills Training program, which  is currently taking place at all five Comal ISD middle schools in Texas, students are developing the necessary skills to resist the peer pressure to smoke, drink and use drugs.

“We really want to get them informed and give them a lot of information early,” Church Hill Middle LifeSkills Trainer Rosie Rodriguez said. “This is such an important time for them. By this age, they all know someone who has used drugs."

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