- 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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Find More Resources on Prevention
- Access the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration publication, Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Substance Use Prevention.
- Find more parent and caregiver resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).
- Search for more SAMSHA publications on substance use prevention.
- Learn more about primary prevention efforts in the Overdose Prevention Strategy from the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Read more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing youth substance use and creating Drug-Free Communities.
- See the latest news from the NIDA-supported National Drug Early Warning System, which seeks to detect new and emerging substance use patterns to prevent related threats to public health.
- Browse NIDA substance use prevention resources for Parents and Educators and learn more about NIDA’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.