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Methamphetamine can feel like a “larger than life” issue and trying to address the problem can feel even more overwhelming. That is why it is so important to approach the problem from a variety of fronts and with an arsenal … read more
Older people are less likely to abuse substances, except perhaps prescription psychoactive medications. However, aging bodies are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol and other drugs. Very few treatment programs or public health initiatives are directed at older populations, … read more
This publication reviews the designation of “evidence-based” to describe prevention approaches; examines the evolution of the use of evidence-based in the National Registry of Effective Programs & Practices (NREPP); explores how the recent changes to NREPP have impacted the process … read more
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Taking Your Prevention Program and Evaluation Design to the Next LevelVol. 3, Iss. 2
This prevention brief is designed to support prevention providers in advancing program sophistication. It aims to build capacity in prevention program best practices by enabling programs to initiate steps towards the sustainable advancement of Safe and Drug-Free School and Community … read more
It used to be easy to gather community support to protest an offensive ad campaign, but how do you counteract the new marketing trend of “real life experiences”? How do you counteract traveling, alcohol-industry produced, one-time events? We need to … read more
This publication in the Power of Prevention Series takes a closer look at Community Prevention and how substance abuse prevention, which has a long history of working closely with the community, can use these relationships and experiences to further their … read more
We are again seeing a new wave of unease with industry ads displayed at local, community events such as fairs, fundraisers, and festivals, especially where children and families are in attendance. In light of these concerns, government bodies and community-based … read more
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in alignment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is prioritizing integration and coordination of prevention services in public health, mental health, … read more
The goal of this Tactic is to assist professional prevention providers, grassroots citizen groups, prevention coalitions, and others who aim to change substance use and abuse patterns on a community scale by illuminating what culturally responsive selection, implementation, and evaluation … read more
Digital After-School Programming as Prevention: Positive Outlets for Youth Expression in an Increasingly Hi-Tech WorldVol. 9, Iss. 11
Digital after school programs can provide positive outlets for youth who face higher risks of delinquency and substance abuse. Participation in such programs generally increases youth safety, promotes development of interest and skills, reduces drop out rates, improves academic performance, … read more
Federal health reform, with its emphasis on disease prevention and wellness, offers new opportunities to prioritize substance abuse prevention efforts within clinical practices. More importantly, health reform stands to expand substance abuse prevention’s influence and knowledge into the broader dialogue … read more
This article is about turning ideas into action. What are the nuts and bolts that constitute change mechanisms? What are the evidence-based interventions that support the theory of change? This Tactic explores how community norms on alcohol and drug use … read more
A major accomplishment in the field of substance abuse prevention has been the professionalization of the field through the effective use of data. With such scarce resources for prevention, it’s vital that planning efforts be focused on those substances and … read more
As alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention programs gain maturity through continued implementation of evidence-based services, these initiatives positively impact an increasing number of California communities. Typically, this expanding pool of participants is described in terms of recruitment, retention, and … read more
One often overlooked funding source for AOD prevention is mini-grants. These are small grants made to community organizations to implement specific AOD prevention activities. This Tactic gives advice about how to find and apply for mini-grants, and offers suggestions for … read more
This Prevention Tactic provides background about the integration of prevention screening as part of a continuum of services. It examines common definitions of AOD screening, discusses prevention screening and referral strategies, and suggests implementation and management strategies.
In an effort to illuminate the research-to-practice application, this Power of Prevention document focuses on how substance abuse prevention efforts can more strongly align with the institutions and organizations that concern themselves with mental health.
The purpose of this publication is to assist prevention professionals in developing policy strategies to address the problems associated with high-risk and underage drinking in their communities. This paper provides an overview of policy strategies, current research on their effectiveness, … read more
Local policy panels are powerful tools to assist California communities in addressing alcohol and other drug-related problems, such as youth access to alcohol. Policy panels also serve to mobilize new community organizations and leadership in the service of progressive prevention … read more
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 … read more
Many youth who experience the foster care system struggle with substance use and abuse. By understanding these complex needs and underscoring the context prevention in which services are provided, substance abuse prevention providers can adapt their service models to effectively … read more
The focus of this Tactic is to examine the challenges that military members and their families experience that may result in an increased risk for substance abuse. The Tactic will also highlight best practices, prevention programs, and resources that specialize … read more
How do the lives of girls and young women differ from those of boys and young men? What alcohol and other drug prevention strategies have been found to be especially effective with girls and young women? What kinds of prevention … read more
PREVENTION WORKS! The recent National Cross-Site Evaluation of High-Risk Youth Programs reveals the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of preventionVol. 4, Iss. 3
The findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation have important implications in prevention design and implementation. This Tactic highlights the study’s key findings to illustrate how and why prevention works, and what practitioners and policymakers can do to make prevention work … read more
Faced with recent funding cuts and difficult economic times, many prevention programs are struggling to identify and compete successfully for increasingly limited resources. Potential federal budget cuts make this particularly true for the Safe and Drug-Free School and Community grantees. How … read more
Restaurants that “Morph” into Bars and Nightclubs in California Communities: What’s the Problem and What Can Be Done About It?
This Policy Brief provides historical background describing how morphing restaurants have emerged over several decades to become a growing problem; reviews what the California ABC can and cannot do to help local jurisdictions address problems with morphing; and describes steps … read more
This paper aims to: 1) introduce evidence-based practice and its application to community-based interventions; 2) guide the application of criteria and procedures for selecting evidence-based policies, programs, and practices appropriate to your community-based prevention plan; and 3) outline the tactical … read more
This tactic will help prevention professionals employ the language of social determinants of health (SDH) as a means of grounding substance use disorder prevention work in the broader cross-systems prevention dialogue. This tactic defines SDH and explains how this terminology … read more
Many social science fields embrace taking the long view when addressing problems, seeing prevention as the cornerstone of effective problem solving. This publication focuses on the cost/ benefits of substance abuse prevention and how to support these essential efforts in … read more
This Prevention Brief reviews the definition and role of AOD screening as part of an overall framework of substance abuse prevention services. It examines and explores the dynamic processes of screening, brief intervention, and referral that advances participants towards the … read more
This Prevention Tactic discusses how this decline in the CHKS participation stymies prevention efforts throughout California. It also provides strategies that stakeholders can pursue to ensure that they have the fiscal, administrative, and community support needed to continue the administration … read more
There is significant cross-over with the school climate model and current efforts to prevent, reduce and mitigate harm related to substance use during adolescence. Programs and interventions that address drug and alcohol use approach the issue in ways that promote … read more
Elderly individuals are particularly vulnerable to prescription drug misuse. Prescription drug abuse is present in 12% to 15% of elderly individuals who seek medical attention. In addition to the toll on individuals and families, abuse places a heavy financial toll … read more
This Tactic (a) provides a brief history of the development of the IOM model and its application to prevention, and (b) outlines applications of the IOM model that will strengthen prevention planning, implementation and outcomes.
Given today’s economic conditions, it is critical to measure the worth of programs, services, and policies that stand to reduce the costly effects of substance abuse. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the cost-effective and … read more
Think teen drinking is just a “right” of passage? New research shows that alcohol affects a teenager’s developing brain differently than adults. Memory, learning and impulse control can be seriously impaired and the risk of addiction goes up significantly.
This Tactic explores the issue of underage binge drinking—what it is, its significance, and the numerous harms afflicting youth and communities as a result of it. As a prevention specialist, it will provide you with ways to raise awareness of … read more
This publication emphasizes the importance of setting boundaries for community-based planning processes; identifies the importance of agreeing on criteria in advance for analyzing and interpreting data to guide decision making, and suggests questions that will help to identify these criteria. … read more
Many Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) grantees are interested in using digital stories or videos to capture the heart of their programs, to market their success stories, or to communicate with funders and community members. But before venturing … read more