Our school-based Substance Abuse Prevention services are provided to elementary and middle school students through a proven model called Eckerd Hi-Five, which utilizes an evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum aimed at addressing underage drinking and other substance use.
Substance Abuse Prevention is taught in classroom settings through weekly role playing, modeling, thematic art projects, and more. The classroom-based curriculum addresses:
- Personal responsibility for making healthy and safe choices involving alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
- Effects that social influences such as peer pressure, advertising and the media have on personal decision making
According to a Harvard University study, Eckerd’s Hi-Five model positively impacted student behavior at nearly twice the level of other programs operating across the United States.
In addition to the in-school Substance Abuse Prevention services, Eckerd provides additional interventions for smaller, more intensive groups. These students receive additional assistance through group mentoring and participation in community service projects.