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  • NIDA supports research to develop and test effective, sustainable, scalable strategies to prevent substance use or misuse, progression to substance use disorders, and other negative health effects of substance use.
  • Evidence-based prevention strategies can have long-term, cost saving benefits for both personal and public health, particularly when they are implemented during childhood and adolescence. Effective prevention strategies have been designed to meet people’s needs at different stages of life—from the prenatal period through early childhood, adolescence, and adulthood—and in varied settings like family life, schools, healthcare settings, and communities.
  • Studies indicate that substance use disorders and other drug-related harms are more likely to occur when a person has experienced risk factors such as a family history of substance use disorders, personal trauma, or access to drugs. Protective factors, such as healthy family and peer relationships and financial stability, may lessen a person’s risk of developing substance use disorders.

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