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Botvin LifeSkills Training Selected as Top Tier Prevention Program


WHITE PLAINS, NY Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) has been selected as a "Top Tier" program by The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. The Top Tier initiative, which is being followed closely by Congress, focuses on identifying and validating social programs meeting the highest standard of evidence of effectiveness. LST is a substance abuse and violence prevention program that has been extensively tested and proven to produce "sizeable and sustained effects" on teen tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use. Research shows that the LST program can reduce substance use by as much as 80% and produce effects that last for up to 10 years. LST is the only classroom-based substance abuse prevention program selected for "Top Tier" honors.

Several recent Congressional actions have sought to focus funds in certain federal social programs on models and strategies meeting the "Top Tier" evidence of effectiveness -- that is, programs "that have been shown, in well-designed randomized controlled trials, to produce sizeable, sustained effects" on participants and/or society. To assist policymakers in implementing these provisions effectively, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Coalition launched an initiative to identify models meeting this evidence standard.

"We are honored to be selected as a Top Tier program by an independent expert panel that recognizes the high quality of our research and the effectiveness of LST," said program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. "As we consider strategies for improving the health and well-being of America's youth, it is more important than ever that decision-makers select programs based on the strongest scientific evidence of what works."

About Botvin LifeSkills Training Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. Dr. Botvin is also founder and president of National Health Promotion Associates which markets health materials. LST has been used with youth in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in 32 countries around the world. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Recently LST was selected as a Top Tier prevention program by the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC.

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