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Botvin LifeSkills Training:  Top-Rated Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Botvin LifeSkills Training is a groundbreaking substance abuse prevention program based on more than 30 years of peer reviewed scientific research. LifeSkills Training now holds the distinction of being the top research-based substance abuse prevention program in the country.

Follow-up Results from 5 Published StudiesSources: (1) Journal of Behavioral Medicine (1983), (2) Journal of Studies on Alcohol (1984), (3) Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1990), (4) Journal of the American Medical Association (1995), and (5) Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent
Medicine (2006). Please contact us for more information on these and other studies.

-  Cuts tobacco use by 87%
-  Cuts alcohol use by 60%
-  Cuts marijuana use by 75%
-  Cuts methamphetamine use by 68%
-  Cuts polydrug use by 66%
-  Reduces Pack-a-Day Smoking by 25%
-  Decreases Use of Inhalants, Narcotics and Hallucinogens
-  Reduces Violence
-  Reduces risky driving behavior
-  Demonstrates Effects on HIV Risk Behavior
Duration of Effects
Up to 12 years
Tested on White, African-American, and Latino Youth
Target Age
Upper Elementary School: Grades 3-6
Middle School: Grades 6-9
High School: Grades 9 or 10
Program Length
Elementary School Program: 24 class sessions
Middle School Program: 30 class sessions
High School Program:  10 class sessions
Program Components
Teachers Manual and Student Guide (for each year)
Teachers, Peer Leaders, or Health Professionals

Violence and Delinquency Prevention

Violence Chart

Source: Preventing youth violence and delinquency through a universal school-based prevention approach. Prevention
Science, (2006).

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