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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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07.20.23

About Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Ohio’s legislature legalized marijuana for medical use in 2016, but it wasn’t until 2019 that products were available to consumers....
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07.19.23

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation | Ohio Department of Health

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program is a program in the Bureau of Health Improvement and Wellness in the...
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07.19.23

JUUL/E-Cigarettes | Ohio Department of Health

Information on JUUL/E-cigarettes tobacco use and cessation programs from the Ohio Department of Health Read more on the Ohio Department...
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07.19.23

Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults | SAMHSA

This guide from the SAMHSA supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research...
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07.19.23

Electronic Cigarettes | CDC

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes, from the CDC. Read more...
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07.19.23

Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes) DrugFacts | NIH

Facts about vaping devices from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Read more on the NIH website...
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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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