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NIDA

Prevention

Brief Description

NIDA's prevention research program focuses on risks for drug abuse 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. Learn more

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Family Checkup

Developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.

NIDA TV Spotlight: Communities That Care

NIDA TV interview with Communities that Care Co-Developer, Dr. David Hawkins, following his discussion on treating addiction through a community supported science-based approach. The National Institute on Drug Abuse hosted the presentation of Dr. Hawkins' introduction of electronic training for CTC in Rockville, Maryland, February 2014.

Update on Communities That Care prevention program.

Drug Prevention Specialists Meet Community Leaders in NIDA-Sponsored Virtual Town Hall Event

To celebrate recent advances in drug prevention science, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sponsored its first virtual town hall meeting. This unique event on September 9, 2009 brought together representatives from key federal agencies involved in preventing and combating substance abuse in the United States.

Town Hall Summary (Selected Clips)

 

Related Publications

Lessons from Prevention Research (DrugFacts)

Revised March 2014. Describes principles important to consider when developing drug abuse prevention programs and discusses issues relevant for family, school, and community settings. En Español

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Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief) (Featured Publication)

Published January 1997. Revised October 2003. Presents research-based drug abuse prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention.

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Addiction Science and Clinical Practice: Volume 6, Number 1 (Addiction Science and Clinical Practice)

Published July 2011. Presents current knowledge on a variety of addiction issues, including nicotine’s effects on brain function, inhalant abuse, and maternal tobacco use and its effects on children. Also discusses genetically based research and treatment and a classroom behavior management method called the "Good Behavior Game."

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Community Monitoring Systems: Tracking and Improving the Well-Being of America's Children and Adolescents (Featured Publication)

Published September 2007. Describes community systems that monitor the well-being of children and adolescents and lists recommendations that define the next steps for creating and mentoring effective community monitoring systems.

Other Resources

Past information on many drugs of abuse is available on our Archives site.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.

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This page was last updated March 2014