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.

Too Good in Elementary School

Too Good for Drugs K-5 teaches the fundamental elements of social and emotional learning through developmentally appropriate activities that set the foundation for a healthy adolescence. Lessons build the skills kids need to set daily goals, identify emotions and feelings, and make healthy choices that contribute to their overall health and well-being.

Too Good in Middle School

Too Good for Drugs 6-8 empowers teens to meet the challenges of middle school life and prepares them for high school by addressing more complex emotions and situations. Lessons build on the skills introduced in earlier grades to foster confidence and self-efficacy and resistance to substance abuse through goal setting and achievement, responsible decision making, positive conflict resolution, and healthy relationships.

Too Good in High School

Too Good for Drugs High School builds on the prevention  concepts of Too Good beginning in Kindergarten incorporating real-world challenges teens face in high school and beyond. The program explores practical guidance for understanding dating and relationships, violence and conflict, underage drinking, substance abuse, and healthy friendships. Lessons further enhance skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy, and conflict resolution.

Too Good for Drugs is an evidence-based, skill building program designed to migrate risk factors and build the basis for a safe, supportive, and respectful learning environment.


Lifeskills is a substance abuse prevention curriculum taught to all Marshalltown fifth through ninth 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 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.