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Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works

The report includes state-by-state youth drug overdose death rates and rankings, and a report card for how well states scored on 10 key indicators of leading evidence-based policies and programs that can improve the wellbeing of children and youth and have been connected with preventing and reducing substance - alcohol, tobacco or other drugs - misuse.  The report is supported by a grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to stop the epidemic (2013)

Prescription drug abuse has quickly become a major health epidemic in the United States. This guide looks at key findings regarding the magnitude of prescription drug abuse in the US, the public health model as it relates to this issue, different methods that can be utilized at the state and national level to address prescription drug abuse, and key areas of concern and recommendation.

Time Restrictions on TV

Efforts to reduce underage exposure to alcohol advertising by implementing time restrictions have not worked, according to new research from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy. The report, published in the Journal of Public Affairs, confirms what Dutch researchers had already learned in that country: time restrictions on alcohol advertising actually increase teen exposure, because companies move the advertising to late night.

Exposure of African-American Youth to Alcohol Advertising, 2008 and 2009

African-American Youth Exposed to More Magazine and Television Alcohol Advertising than Youth in General
Alcohol is the most widely used drug among African-American youth

Medicine Abuse Project

We can all play a role in ending medicine abuse.  By working together, parents and grandparents, health care providers,  community leaders and educators can truly make a difference.

Surgeon General Initiatives

The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Strategy was released on June 16, 2011 by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

State Estimates of Underage Alcohol Use Self-Purchase of Alcohol

Alcohol use constitutes one of the most serious public health issues
for young people in the United States, creating negative health, social, and economic consequences for adolescents, their families, communities, and the Nation as a whole.





Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that users intentionally inhale because of the chemicals' mind-altering effects. The substances inhaled are often common household products that contain volatile solvents, aerosols, or gases.

Prevention Tactics - Evidence-Based Approaches for Substance Abuse Prevention

A Paradigm Shift in Selecting Evidence-Based Approaches for Substance Abuse Prevention

This Prevention Tactic will:

• review the recent history behind the designation of “evidence-based” to describe prevention approaches;

• review the recent history behind the designation of “evidence-based” to describe prevention approaches;

• examine the evolution of the use of evidencebased in the National Registry of Effective Programs & Practices (NREPP);

• explore how the recent changes to NREPP have impacted the process that providers use to select interventions to meet the needs of the community they serve; and

• describe, compare, and contrast the three categories of evidence-based interventions required by the Strategic Prevention Frame

Prevention Tactics - Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

Youth Prescription Drug Abuse: A Growing Concern

This Prevention Tactic focuses on the intentional abuse of prescription drugs among teens. First, the prescription medications commonly abused are identified. Secondly, the prevalence and accessibility of prescription drugs among teens is explored. Finally, effective strategies for preventing and addressing this issue in local communities are discussed.

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