NIDA's prevention research program focuses on risks for drug use and other problem behaviors that occur throughout a child's development, from pregnancy through young adulthood. Research funded by NIDA and other federal research organizations - such as the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - shows that early intervention can prevent many adolescent risk behaviors. Read the DrugFacts.
- National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW)
For Criminal Justice
For Health Professionals
For Higher Education
- College Age and Young Adults
- College Addiction Studies Programs
- Prevention Profiles: Take Five - Dr. Nora Volkow (NIDA) (Podcast, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Campus Drug Prevention)
For K-12 Education
- Parents & Educators
- Family Checkup
- NIDA for Teens on Preventing Teen Drug Use - Offers resources for teens and teen influencers.
- Lesson Plan and Activity Finder
- Drugs & Health Blog Teacher’s Guide
- Facts on the Health Effects and Consequences of Drug Use for Students
- Stats & Trends in Teen Drug Use with Interactive Chart
- National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge
- Drug Facts Challenge!
- Kahoot! Games on Drugs and Alcohol
- Is There a Connection Between Missing Sleep and Using Drugs?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?
- Can Too Much “Screen Time” Change Your Brain?
- Myth or Fact? “Marijuana Is Stronger These Days”
- Videos: Exploring Drug Effects
- Easy-to-Read Drug Facts on Prevention - Has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text. The website also can read each page out loud.
- Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
- Prevention Research Branch (PRB)
- NIH Director’s Blog on Prevention
- Keeping Youth Drug Free (SAMHSA)
- Operation Prevention (Drug Enforcement Adminstration)
- Opioids and Adolescents (Office of Adolescent Health)
- Video: "Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment" with Sarah Bagley, M.D. (Office of Adolescent Health)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.