The Drug Resistance Strategies Project is devoted to understanding and preventing adolescent substance abuse. DRS was started over 20 years ago to explain the social pressures youth feel when substances are offered and to develop new ways to prevent use. This research was among the first to describe the social processes of substance use offers and the role of race, ethnicity and gender. A new approach to prevention curriculum development, cultural grounding, was created so that youth would identify with the lessons. We describe this process as kid-centric.

This resulted in a new effective (or evidence-based) curriculum called keepin’ it REAL.

keepin’ it REAL is an effective, multicultural middle school drug prevention program that has been shown to reduce alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use. [Read More...]

keepin’ it REAL News:

  • keepin' it REAL wins 2010 Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship. Read More...
  • DRS is highlighted in Communication Currents. Read More...
  • D.A.R.E. America has adopted keepin’ it REAL as the new D.A.R.E. junior high/middle school curriculum. Read More...
  • keepin’ it REAL was chosen as one of 15 stellar community-university partnerships in Penn State’s application for the Carnegie Community Engagement. Read More...
  • keepin' it REAL Rural- we are developing a new substance-abuse prevention program for our rural youth. Read More...

keepin’ it REAL has been cited as an Effective Program by the SAMHSA

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keepin’ it REAL has been named a Research-Validated program by the California Health Kids Resource CenterCHKRC logo

keepin' it REAL is now in the UK!

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Funding provided by NIDA Grants R01 DA021670, R01 DA005629