ERIC Number: ED332104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Stopping Alcohol and Other Drug Use before It Starts: The Future of Prevention. OSAP Prevention Monograph-1.
DuPont, Robert L., Ed.
This document summarizes the rapidly growing body of knowledge about initiation of drug use and about how to stop it, especially for youth from high-risk environments. Sections 1 outlines the nature of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems in the United States today, focusing on young people and the vulnerable years for starting AOD use, ages 12 through 20. Section 2 defines the AOD epidemic, looking at the size and character, trends, and consequences of the epidemic. Section 3 reviews the current state of knowledge about how to prevent AOD problems, examining what has been tried in targeted prevention programs, large-scale prevention programs, and individualized prevention efforts, and determining what works. Section 4 explores the evolving understanding of youths in high-risk environments. Risk factors are considered in the areas of genetics and the family, peer relations, psychological characteristics, biological influences, and community factors. Sections 5 and 6 analyze available prevention programs and describe the next steps in the nation's efforts to prevent AOD use by youths and thus to prevent AOD problems before they begin. References, figures, and tables are included. Draft checklists and a "Risk Check for Your Child" checklist are appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., Rockville, MD.