The results of the RTC showed that the PDS curriculum worked extremely well. Students in the treatment group demonstrated larger increases in sense of personal responsibility, knowledge, healthy actions, and refusal skills and larger changes in perceptions of social norms than students in the control group.
The results of the Time 3 survey showed that the positive effects of the PDS program were maintained up to a month later.
Dr. Dan Zapp, Senior Director, Research & Evaluation at EVERFI, said, “Despite our limitations of budget and time, Lynch Research Associates delivered with flying colors on our shared project. I could not have been more pleased with their preparedness, hard work, professionalism, and final results.”
Once the study was complete, the next step was to submit our work for review in the larger scientific community and disseminate our findings to allow high schools interested in using an evidence-based prescription drug misuse curriculum to have access to this important research. We submitted a manuscript describing our approach, methodology, analyses, and conclusions to an open access peer-reviewed journal. The manuscript was accepted and published in Child & Youth Care Forum on February 4, 2023.