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The Web site is comprised of two basic components — the Handbook Text and the Curriculum Builder. You are most likely to get the full benefit of this site by using the two components in tandem and by carefully reading and following the instructions on the site.

We have created a Tutorial that will help you understand how the Web site works and how you can use the Web site to create a curriculum. You may want to begin by reviewing the tutorial.

Prior to creating a curriculum, the practitioner should read Chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1 describes the drug use problems and challenges we face today. Chapter 2 describes the most important and consistently reported research findings that have emerged from the last 20 years of research on what works and what does not work in drug use prevention. With this background you will be prepared to begin the curriculum development process using the Curriculum Builder.

During the curriculum development process, you will be asked to perform some needs assessments (e.g., interviews, questionnaires) of your target group. Chapter 3 will provide thorough explanations for how to perform each needs assessment you choose to do. Once you have performed the needs assessments you will enter the data into the Curriculum Builder and you will be ready to select the activities and materials that will form your customized curriculum.

As you go through the process of selecting your activities and customizing them to your needs, you will want to review Chapter 4, which describes a variety of target audiences (by age and development, gender, geographic location, and other characteristics) with respect to their relative risk for and how they are affected by drug use.

Chapter 5 examines race/ethnicity and culture as they relate to substance abuse. It discusses the implications of race/ethnicity and culture in the selection and implementation of substance abuse prevention activities.

In Chapter 6 you will find information about each type of drug, which will also help you better understand the drug use issues your target audience faces.

Lastly, Chapter 7 describes for you how to customize your curriculum and provides many tips and techniques for implementing your curriculum to achieve maximum results.

In putting together your curriculum, you will enhance your understanding of your target group, their community, and the substance abuse prevention materials. In addition, you will be including members of your target group in the information collection stage, and by including them in the process, you will foster in them a sense of ownership of the activities and the prevention program in general. In doing so, prevention messages from the activities are more likely to find their target.

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