To help those working in drug abuse prevention, NIDA, in cooperation with the prevention scientists, presents the following examples of research-based programs that feature a variety of strategies proven to be effective. Each program was developed as part of a research study, which demonstrated that over time youth who participated in the programs had better outcomes than those who did not. The programs are presented within their audience category (universal, selective, indicated, or tiered).
Since these programs are only examples, community planners may wish to explore the additional programs and planning guides highlighted in Selected Resources and References. For more information on program materials and references, please consult Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders, Second Edition (PDF, 688KB). With NIDA’s continued support of research on effective prevention strategies, new research-based programs will continue to be made available in the future.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.