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Outcomes

The Red Ribbon Certified Schools (RRCS) program has achieved significant outcomes. Here are some findings from prevention researchers who conducted an evaluation of the program in 2013:

  • RRCS plays a significant role in students’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices toward drugs and alcohol–students in RRCS schools had better attitudes toward non-substance use than students in control schools
  • Students in RRCS schools reported that they used drugs and alcohol less frequently than students in control schools
  • Students in RRCS schools reported higher academic achievement than students in control schools
  • Students in RRCS schools found it more difficult to procure drugs and alcohol, perceived their neighborhoods as safer, and believed their neighbors are more concerned about students using substances than students in control schools
  • Students in RRCS schools perceived their parents as more disapproving of drugs and alcohol and having clearer rules regarding substance use than students in control schools
  • Parental involvement is a key element in student performance–students in RRCS schools experienced positive effects of parental monitoring of substance use
  • The visibility of RRCS within a school raises awareness about substance abuse prevention

Research supports the effectiveness of the Red Ribbon Certified School program.

The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice Logo“School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention: An Initial Review of The Red Ribbon Certified Schools Program” – Steven G. Brooks (FSU) and Jamie M. Clem (FSU).