LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs)



Law Enforcement Against Drugs


Physical Education & Health

Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) is a non-profit (501C3) organization, supported by dedicated police officers, committed to protecting our youth and communities from the proliferation of drugs, drug related crimes, peer to peer/cyber bullying and violence. We achieve our goals by collaborating with educators, community leaders, families and L.E.A.D. support organizations.

The L.E.A.D. Program is taught to Mt. Ephraim Public School students in grades 2,4,6 & 8. The program gives kids the confidence and skills they need to grow into happy healthy adults. The program uses the Too Good for Drugs curriculum developed by the Mendez Foundation.

Skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal prevention program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure. 

Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:
  • Goal Setting 
  • Decision Making 
  • Bonding with pro-social others
  • Identifying and managing emotions 
  • Communicating effectively

Each of the Too Good programs feature:
  • Fully Scripted Lessons
  • Age Appropriate Approach
  • Assessment and Evaluation Tools
  • Enhanced Cooperative Learning
  • Built-in Classroom Management
  • Parent Component
  • Technical Support

Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence promote positive, pro-social attitudes and behaviors, while fostering healthy relationships, resistance to substance abuse and conflict, and resistance to negative peer pressure and influence. The Too Good program mitigates risk factors and promotes resiliency through the development of these skills and traits:
  • Resisting Peer Pressure 
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
  • Making Healthy Choices
  • Effective Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Media Literacy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Social and Emotional Competency
  • Pro-Social Bonding

Too Good puts Social and Emotional Learning to work through fun and interactive lessons, building the self confidence young people need to make healthy choices and achieve success. It develops the social and emotional skills your students need, and promote character and peer-pressure refusal and build college and career readiness to prepare your students for the challenges they will face in high school and beyond using:
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Effective Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Healthy Dating Dynamics
  • Underage Drinking
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana
  • Stimulates
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Media Literacy
  • Prescription and OTC Drugs

 At the elementary school level, additional skills and developmental topics build on the core skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence.  Lesson designs are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.  Interactive games and activities help students visualize and apply the strategies and skills directly so they can begin to apply them in their daily life right away. These additional concepts include:
  • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Making Healthy Choices

Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced when it is developmentally appropriate to do so.  In the youngest grades, the lessons develop an understanding of what is healthy to put in the body and what is not.  This foundation prepares students for discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use in later elementary years.
  • Safe Use of Medicines - Grades K – 5
  • Effects of Tobacco Use - Grades 2 – 5
  • Effects of Alcohol Use - Grades 3 – 5
  • Effects of Marijuana Use - Grade 5

The Too Good for Drugs in Middle School curriculum empowers teens to meet the challenges of middle school life, fostering confidence and building resistance to substance abuse. In Middle School, the students set and reach more complex goals and, in the process, develop and practice strong decision-making skills and effective-communication skills.

Students also learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and associate with positive peer groups. Too Good for Drugs Middle School addresses environmental and developmental risk factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes teens need to make healthy decisions and avoid drug use. Drug topics are discussed in the context of expectations, peer pressure and influence, and the role of the media.

In particular, more complex social challenges and influences that present a greater risk for escapism and risky behavior are explored and met with strategies for managing those situations in a positive and healthy way. Interactive games and activities create an experiential learning environment so students can learn and apply the skills in the classroom setting.

Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core social skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence and are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student. 
  • Media Literacy and Media Influence
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Understanding Addiction
  • Complex Social and Dating Relationships
  • Exploring Risk Taking and Differentiating Healthy and Unhealthy Risks

Substance use and its effect on the body are also introduced when it is developmentally appropriate to do so. More complex discussions are introduced at the Middle School level and progress in depth as the students mature.
  • Safe Use of Prescription and OTC drugs - Grades 7 and 8
  • Effects of Tobacco Use - Grades 6-8
  • Effects of Alcohol Use - Grades 6-8
  • Effects of Marijuana Use - Grade 6-8
  • Effects of Street Drugs including Opioids and Stimulants - Grades 6-8