Video Series: What is Prevention?

Last Updated: Friday, November 1, 2019

The vast majority of adults who have a substance use disorder – 90% – started using drugs or alcohol before age 18.  So when it comes to tackling the nation’s drug problem, early prevention is critical.

What are a few of the factors that can affect prevention? This new three-part video series produced by The Addiction Policy Forum in collaboration with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), explores the basics of prevention, including the roles genetics and the community play.

Watch the videos below.

 

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What is Prevention?

Prevention efforts focus on delaying the age of first drug or alcohol use, or pushing it back as long as possible. Watch.

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The Role of Genetics

Genetics account for about half of a person's likelihood of developing a substance use disorder. Watch.

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The Role of the Community

Communities play a key role in protecting adolescents from early substance use. Watch.

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