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Stay on Track

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Stay on Track is a school-based substance abuse prevention curriculum conducted over a 3-year period with students in grades 6 through 8. The intervention is designed to help students assess the risks associated with substance abuse; enhance decision-making, goal-setting, communication, and resistance strategies; improve antidrug normative beliefs and attitudes; and reduce substance use. The program empowers youth by providing knowledge and life skills relevant to health-promoting behavior. Based on the health belief model and social development model, Stay on Track provides youth at each grade level with 12 45- to 50- minute lessons taught by classroom teachers. Motorsports is a motivational theme, with each lesson relating program objectives to professional racing activities and personalities. Special emphasis is given to tobacco, alcohol, club drugs, hallucinogens, prescription drugs, marijuana, and inhalants.