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The Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum Guide Handbook was written in response to a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) announcement calling for additional work in the area of disseminating drug use prevention research findings. A great deal of research has been done on substance abuse prevention in children and adolescents. As a result of these efforts, many prevention research findings have emerged.

Prevention can take place in various ways at many different levels. There are public policy aspects to prevention—laws can be passed to help stem substance abuse among youth; community prevention programming can involve communitywide networks and programs for steering kids away from drugs; advertising campaigns can influence attitudes about drug use. One of the best places to provide substance abuse prevention is in the classroom setting with children and adolescents, either at school or in youth groups. This site focuses on substance abuse prevention in the classroom setting.


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