Youth Program

This is Not About Drugs

The first youth-focused educational program aimed at the prevention of substance abuse before it starts.

Youth Program to Prevent Opioid Substance Use


This is Not About Drugs (TINAD) is a universal program that addresses youth substance abuse with an emphasis on prescription opioids. The program complements and strengthens other evidence-based programs such as Botvin Lifeskills and Too Good for Drugs.

This Is Not About Drugs is available both in-person and remotely through services such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc. Speak to your TINAD trainers/facilitators to learn more.

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TINAD’s Approach to the Prevention of Substance Use Highlights:

Efficacy Study

In collaboration with the Public Policy Institute at Indiana University, the study examined the efficacy and results of the program. Results indicate that the youth program significantly increases understanding of the risks associated with prescription pain pills, the similarity between heroin and prescription pain pills, and awareness of the purpose of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Read the study

Pain Pills and Heroin are the Same Drug

Overdose Can Happen with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Use

Pain Pill Misuse is as risky as Heroin

More Likely to Get Help and Talk with Someone

Source: 2019 Student Worksheet Data

Student Takeaways

Lesson Outline

Part 1 of the worksheet activity captures the student’s established perceptions and opinions on substance use and prevention. The worksheet statements model the lesson outcomes/objectives, using terminology from the film to help with information acquisition and retention.


The lesson outcomes/objectives are the blueprints of the film which finds 12 young people sharing their personal experiences in real, everyday terms. The discussion portion of the lesson allows for students to express their opinions of the film and for group discussion of the learning material.


Part 2 of the worksheet activity asks the student to reassess the same six statements after they have watched and talked about the film and complete some additional questions measuring the remaining learning objectives.


A student handout and website containing the video, more information, and resources support the student after the lesson.


The completed student worksheets and the Educator “After the Lesson” survey data help Overdose Lifeline and partner organizations track and measure the effectiveness of the lesson and educational materials and provide critical data for future decision-making.

Trainer/Facilitator Course

Get certified to deliver this opioid prevention program in your community. All training is conducted online.

On-site training available for groups of 5 or more for additional fees. Fill out the form, email us, or call 844.554.3354 for more information and a custom quote.


Fees: $300/person

Annual Program License: $250+/year based upon county population

​©2015 Overdose Lifeline, Inc. “This is (Not) About Drugs” Prescription Pain Medicine (Opioids) and Heroin Prevention Education program and its materials may not be reproduced or distributed without the specific, written authorization from Overdose Lifeline and completion of the required program training. All rights reserved.

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