Prevention Toolkit

What is Prevention?

Prevention is a process that works to prevent or limit the development of problems associated with mental health challenges or substance use such as alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs.

Prevention approaches focus on helping people develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors. Mental and Substance Use Disorders make daily activities difficult and impair one's ability to work, function and manage interpersonal relationships. They are one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. and can also cause other chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease.

As adults, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure our young people grow up to have healthy, strong futures. One thing that stands in the way of that is drug and alcohol use. Drinking and substance misuse can negatively affect young people’s school performance, future job prospects, and physical and mental health, damaging their lives well into adulthood. But together, this is something we can prevent from happening. It’s our job to support policies and programs that prevent and reduce drug use among adolescents.

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