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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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07.19.23

Get the Facts About Underage Drinking | NIH

Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance among...
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07.19.23

Underage Drinking | CDC

Underage alcohol consumption is common in the United States and can have harmful outcomes. A comprehensive approach that includes effective...
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07.19.23

How Do Teens Get Alcohol?

Even though alcohol is illegal for those under the age of 21, millions of teenagers are able to get their...
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07.19.23

Addiction and the Brain

We at Prevention Action Alliance are proud to have teamed up with the Addiction Policy Forum to release “Addiction &...
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07.18.23

How Alcohol Companies Target Young People

People under the age of 21 aren’t allowed to buy alcohol for good reason—several good reasons, in fact. Alcohol damages...
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07.18.23

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

When pregnant mothers drink, alcohol from their blood can pass to their baby through the umbilical cord. In turn, this...
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07.18.23

Marijuana Fact Sheets

In 2016, House Bill 523 made Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana, thus creating the Ohio Medical Marijuana...
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07.18.23

Vaping Toolkit

Despite the FDA ban of JUUL and ongoing focus on the health risks associated with vaping, youth e-cigarette use continues...
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07.18.23

Marijuana Toolkit

The legalization/commercialization of marijuana and the expansion of the Ohio medical marijuana program are current legislative activities that have the...
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07.13.23

Retaining 21 as the Minimum Legal Drinking Age

Prevention Action Alliance strongly supports all states retaining 21 years old as the legal drinking age for alcoholic beverages. This...
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07.13.23

Using Person-First Language

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07.13.23

Practical Principle 1: Family Support

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