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Prevention of substance abuse and problem gambling is typically done through education about the drug and the sharing of accurate information.  Much of the information we have on Prevention, is woven through the rest of our content and provided on the page specific to the substance, or population.  Please go to our sections on Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, or Specific Audiences for more information about Prevention.

Prevention Websites

SAMHSA Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Creating communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco, and suicide.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA)
To help Americans lead healthier and longer lives, CSAP promotes a structured, community-based approach to substance abuse prevention through the Strategic Prevention Framework.

Office of Drug Control Policy - Prevention
Preventing or delaying use of psychoactive drugs, alcohol, and tobacco among adolescents is a critical, national public health goal. The simplest and most cost-effective way to lower the human and societal costs of drug abuse is to prevent it in the first place.

Prevention Drug Addiction - Mayo Clinic
The best way to prevent an addiction to an illegal drug is not to take the drug at all.

Partnership@DrugFreeIowa.org
The Partnership (PDFI) is a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting healthy families and safe communities by preventing substance abuse in Iowa. We believe that if we Face It Together, we can provide our youth with a better future.

National Prevention Week 2016 May 15-21
NPW is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Explore the NPW website to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the "I Choose" Project.