Prevention Programs

Research says the most effective and cost-efficient way to address the issue of substance abuse is prevention. SATUCI uses three different types of evidence-based programs to teach the prevention of substance use and abuse. The programs are primarily taught in the elementary, middle and high schools by SATUCI prevention staff.

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Too Good for Drugs

Students learn goal-setting, responsible decision making, emotion management, effective communication, and bonding and relationship skills to lay the groundwork for a drug-free and violence-free life. Too Good for Drugs further expands on social emotional skill sets by giving students the opportunity to practice peer-pressure refusal strategies through role-plays and other interactive games. Grades K-3 establish healthy norms for children, whether it be getting enough rest, engaging in exercise, selecting nutritious foods, or being a good friend. Grades 4 and 5 delve further into healthy choices by teaching the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use on the body and brain, emphasizing the benefits of leading a drug-free life.

LIFESKILLS

Lifeskills is a substance abuse prevention curriculum taught to all Marshalltown fifth through eighth graders. The material focuses on giving students the skills needed to resist alcohol and drugs. It also increases self-esteem and self-confidence.
SATUCI Prevention staff assists the school staff in teaching these specific lessons:

  • The Power of Advertising
  • Drug Abuse: Causes and Effects
  • Smoking: Myths and Realities
  • Marijuana: Myths and Realities
  • Alcohol: Myths and Realities

PRIME FOR LIFE

PRIME for Life is an evidence-based alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The program goals are to reduce the risk of health problems and impairment problems by increasing abstinence, decreasing high-risk use and delaying initial use.