Individual and Family Information

Prevention works. Substance use disorders are preventable. Over 20 years of research demonstrates that interventions, designed and tested to reduce risk and enhance protective factors, can help children at every step along their developmental path to adulthood.

Effective substance abuse prevention can return major economic dividends. For every $1.00 invested in prevention; $20.00 can be saved in future expenditures.

Effective substance abuse and misuse prevention involves:

  • Using evidence-based practices
  • Making data-guided decisions to identify funding and programmatic priorities
  • Reducing the availability of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (ATOD)
  • Reducing access to ATOD
  • Enforcing consequences of ATOD offenses
  • Changing social norms about ATOD
  • Raising awareness of the costs and consequences of ATOD misuse and abuse
  • Building skills in youth, parents and communities to deal with these issues effectively

BHDDH works with researchers and evaluators from the University of Rhode Island to measure how well substance abuse prevention programs are implemented and how effective they are at meeting their goals.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administrations (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance use disorders and mental illness on America's communities.