Educational or Curriculum

Keep A Clear Mind (KACM)

Initiative Description: A parent-child drug education program called Keep A Clear Mind (KACM) which aims to prevent substance abuse in elementary school children by educating them and their parents about the dangers of substance abuse, and helping students develop strategies for resisting substance abuse. The program is unique in that most of the substance abuse prevention activities occur at home through lessons distributed by the teacher.

Study Results: Significant reduction in students’ attitudes supporting alcohol use and a significant increase in parent/child communication about prevention, students’ perceived ability to resist peer pressure, and their belief that it is “wrong” to use alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis.

Reference: Jowers, K. L., Bradshaw, C. P., & Gately, S. (2007). Taking school-based substance abuse prevention to scale: District-wide implementation of keep A clear mind. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 51(3), 73-91.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good