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ERIC Number: ED493434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-14
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Too Good for Drugs[TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Too Good for Drugs"[TM] is designed to promote life skills, character values, resistance skills to negative peer influence, and resistance to the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. The program, which targets elementary and middle school students, is based on classroom discussions and structured activities that center on interactive learning and skill-building exercises. Students engage in role-play and cooperative learning games and are encouraged to apply the skills to different contexts. "Too Good for Drugs"[TM] also includes the optional elements of parental and community involvement. Two related programs are addressed in the intervention reports on "Too Good for Drugs and Violence" (high school) (ED493435) and "Too Good for Violence" (K-8) (ED493440). Two studies of "Too Good for Drugs"[TM] met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. These studies, which included nearly 2,500 students in grades 3, 4, and 6, attending 12 elementary and middle schools in Florida, examined results on students' behavior and knowledge, attitudes, and values. "Too Good for Drugs"[TM] was found to have potentially positive effects on students' behavior and no discernible effects on students' knowledge, attitudes, and values. Appended are: (1) Study Characteristics: Bacon, 2000 (randomized controlled trial); and (2) Study characteristics: Bacon, 2003 (randomized controlled trial). (Contains 4 footnotes.) [The following studies were reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Bacon, T. P. (2000). The effects of the Too Good for Drugs prevention program on students' substance use intentions and risk and protective factors. "Florida Educational Research Council, Inc., Research Bulletin," 31(3 & 4), 1-25; and (2) Bacon, T. P. (2003). Technical report: Evaluation of the Too Good for Drugs Elementary School Prevention Program. A report produced for Florida Department of Education Department of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Tallahassee, FL. Available from: The Mendez Foundation, 601 S. Magnolia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.]
What Works Clearinghouse, 2277 Research Boulevard, MS 6M, Rockville, MD 20850. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
IES Funded: Yes