Research tells us that adolescence is a critical period for risk of developing substance use disorders as the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed and can be characterized by impulse behaviors and reward-seeking. Preventing or delaying the onset of substance use among adolescents is an important public health strategy.
The following guide, developed by the Partnership to End Addiction, is for parents and families to better understand the risks of opioids, to arm themselves with information to spot early use and partner with their children in addressing risky behavior.
Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program used in schools and communities throughout the US and in 39 countries around the world. LST has been extensively tested and proven to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%.
There are several evidence-based substance use prevention programs, that can be implemented in schools or other settings with youth.