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Learning is the first step to playing your role in preventing substance misuse.

Drug misuse comes with a host of negative, short- and long-term effects. It can lead to lung cancer, psychosis, mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart attack, overdose, and addiction. Addiction compels people to seek out drugs despite any negative consequences that might be incurred. As a disease, it hijacks the brain to create an intense craving for the addictive drug or behavior. That craving can override other thoughts and needs in the brain, including desires to care for an infant, build and maintain healthy relationships, work, have fun, take care of oneself, and protect oneself from harmful situations. It changes how you think and how you behave.

By contrast, prevention helps people develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make healthy choices about drugs, and it aims to delay or completely avoid the misuse of drugs. It builds up you, your family, and your community so that all can thrive without the harmful effects of substance misuse. In fact, prevention has been touted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as the best strategy for addressing addiction.

Here, we’ve collected a variety of resources to help you understand prevention, addiction, various substances, and more. Each of these resources contains key information about its topic, references to high-quality research and reports, resources to support further learning, or more. You’re welcome to not only read them but to share them widely with friends, family, and members of your community.

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09.15.23

Scare Tactics in Prevention: A Losing Message

It seems intuitive to tell children and teenagers about how drugs can ruin their lives or even kill them in...
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09.15.23

Suicide: A Public Health Concern

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death among people...
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09.15.23

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One to an Overdose Death

When a loved one dies due to an overdose, it can often cause complicated grief, where the intensity of the...
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09.15.23

About Problem Gambling

Gambling is the act of taking part in an activity, usually a game, where you risk something of monetary value...
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09.15.23

Tobacco 21 & Your Coalition

Just how can coalitions take full advantage of the momentum created by Tobacco 21’s implementation in Ohio? They can advocate...
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09.15.23

Prevention Makes Cents

The misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs costs the U.S. $740 billion annually due to crime, lost work productivity,...
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09.15.23

Advocacy Versus Lobbying Fact Sheet

Advocacy is the act of supporting a cause or proposal, but lobbying is a specific form of advocacy that can...
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09.15.23

Coalitions in Prevention Fact Sheet

Coalitions raise awareness of an issue, bring people together around a common goal or project, create solutions that serve the...
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09.15.23

A Case for Prevention in Higher Education

College students face increasing emotional and mental health issues, and colleges and universities are being called upon to promote mental...
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09.15.23

Addiction—What Is It and How Can I Stop It?

Addiction is chronic, complex brain disease that impacts 21 million, or about 1 in 7, Americans. It changes how people...
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09.15.23

The Strategic Prevention Framework Fact Sheet

The Strategic Prevention Framework is a process to understand and address substance misuse and related problems in our communities. It...
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09.15.23

Prevention 101

Prevention is the act of going “upstream” to learn why a problem is occurring in the first place. It addresses...
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