Lessons from Prevention Research
 

In more than 20 years of drug abuse research, NIDA has identified important principles for prevention programs in the family, school, and community. NIDA-supported researchers have tested these principles in long-term drug abuse prevention programs and have found them to be effective.

The following are critical areas for prevention planners to consider when designing a program:


References

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