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Youth Program Curbs Risky Behaviors With Help of LST

A new study has found that a community-based prevention program, which targeted schools, families and youth-focused programs, reduced consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and curbed delinquent behavior.

Students in areas where the Communities That Care (CTC) program was not implemented were 60% more likely to start using alcohol, 79% more likely to start smoking cigarettes, and 134% more likely to start using smokeless tobacco (95% CI 1.34 to 4.09) between 7th and 8th grade, according to an online report in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The evidence-based substance abuse prevention program, Botvin LifeSkills Training, was one of the programs that was given to the middle schoolers.

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