SOURCE: Hazelden


August 27, 2009 09:15 ET

Hazelden Publishing Announces Strategic Partnership With STARS Nashville

CENTER CITY, MN--(Marketwire - August 27, 2009) - Hazelden Publishing, the leading publisher of evidence-based programs and curricula for youth substance use prevention and violence prevention, announces a strategic partnership with Nashville-based STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand). This student assistance program helps schools tackle tough issues that threaten the emotional, psychological and academic well-being of area students, including substance abuse, violence, bullying, harassment, family conflicts and divorce, loss, and grief.

"We're thrilled to partner with STARS, which is also an important national resource for training specialists to help educate students on the dangers of substance use and preventing violence in schools," said Laura Strapon, Hazelden Publishing.

Through this unique partnership, STARS will be Tennessee's "go-to" resource for Hazelden's best-selling and award-winning prevention programs. The most researched and best-known anti-bullying program designed for Grades 1-8 is The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Another popular prevention curriculum for Grades 6-12 is Safe Dates. Demand for Safe Dates grew following the recent violent attack on dance-pop recording star Rihanna, suffered at the hands of her then boyfriend, music artist Chris Brown.

Evidence-based and interactive, Protecting You/Protecting Me, teaches elementary students how their brains work and how alcohol puts their brains in danger. This series also equips kids with safety skills to refuse a ride or stay safe if they must ride with an alcohol-impaired driver. And one of the oldest and most well-regarded evidence-based alcohol prevention curriculums, Project Northland, designed for Grades 6-12 and based on the most rigorous alcohol-use prevention trial ever funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), upholds its popularity among teachers across the country.

About STARS Nashville

Through their Student Assistance Program, STARS Nashville serves more than 89,000 students in 75 schools and community sites across ten Middle Tennessee counties. By working within the schools, STARS Specialists ensure that students, their families and teachers can access prevention and intervention services when they need them. In addition to school-based programs and services in Middle Tennessee, STARS Nashville is an important national resource for training and professional consults. Please learn more at

About Hazelden

Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. With 60 years of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, and New York --

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