Rethinking Substance Use Prevention: An earlier and broader approach
This report, entitled “Rethinking Substance Use Prevention: An earlier and broader approach,” presents a compelling, research-based case for integrating what is known from the fields of early childhood development and healthy youth development into substance use prevention. It offers a historical perspective on prevention and describes who is and who should be responsible for being involved in prevention efforts. It argues for shifting prevention efforts earlier and for broadening its scope by breaking down silos to enhance collaboration between related fields. It describes barriers to change and offers concrete recommendations for policymakers, caregivers, educators, health care providers, and researchers to enact an earlier, broader, and more effective approach to substance use prevention and youth health promotion.