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National Institute on Drug Abuse Awards $1.4 Million Small Business Grant

A youth substance-use prevention company in Orange, California, was awarded a $1.4 million federal grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The company, REAL Prevention, developed an e-learning drug prevention curriculum aimed primarily at youth ages 13-16.

Grant-funded program teaches youth to say NO to drugs

The curriculum is designed to teach youth how to say no to drugs and develop anti-drug attitudes and beliefs. It includes 10 lessons and four videos, and participants can create and disseminate their own drug prevention messages using social media, including Facebook or YouTube. The two inventors who designed the program include professor Michelle Miller-Day, Ph.D. at Chapman University, and Penn State professor Michael Hecht.

The curriculum would be distributed nationally to 4-H clubs through Miller-Day and Hecht’s company, REAL Prevention. The company is also interested in getting the program into the hands of police officers through D.A.R.E. America, a program that is taught in thousands of schools across America today. The federal grant will allow Miller-Day and Hecht to continue their work on the program.

National Institute on Drug Abuse funding

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a United States federal-government research institute whose mission is to "lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction." The organization operates through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To find out more about funding from the NIDA, visit


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