Elements of Effective Prevention Programs
There is a multitude of effective substance abuse prevention interventions that may have different areas of focus and can be implemented in a variety of settings. Interventions can involve the family, school, and community and may offer substance abuse prevention for an individual or a population of youth by focusing on environmental and community factors and policies, developmental factors, or skill development. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified 16 key principles for prevention programs based on risk and protective factors, the type of program, and the delivery of the program.
Should it be helpful, we’ve compiled a list of additional resources our partners might be interested in checking out:
Underage Binge Drinking
- NIAAA: Study defines brain and behavioral effects of teen binge drinking
- Get tips for talking with your kids about making healthy choices at StartTalkingNow.org
- A public health hotline: http://www.warecoveryhelpline.org
Youth Marijuana Use
- SAMHSA’s Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Programs and Strategies
- Learn the facts at learnaboutmarijuanawa.org and the Liquor and Cannabis Board
- Media-based education campaign, Listen2YourSelfie targets youth ages 12-17.
Safe Storage of Marijuana and/or Prescription Medications
- SAMHSA’s Rx Pain Medications Series: Safe Disposal of Prescription Medications
- SAMHSA’s Rx Pain Medications Series: Safe Storage of Prescription Medications
Youth Vaping/E-Cigarette Use
- Surgeon General’s Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People
- NIDA for Teens: Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes
Resources Pertaining to Older Youth Alcohol and Substance Use
Resources for Minority Youth Alcohol and Substance Use
- SAMHSA’s A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
- SAMHSA: Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations
Youth Stress Management/Coping Methods
A parent’s guide to preventing underage use
When it comes to protecting your child’s health, it’s important to remember your power as a parent. By knowing the facts, and using proven prevention strategies, you can help your child avoid using marijuana, alcohol, other drugs, and other risky behaviors.
This guide is available in PDF format in multiple languages and in hard copy format for organizations serving King County, WA residents.