Can science-validated programs prevent drug addiction in youth?

Yes. The term “science-validated” means that these programs have been rationally designed based on current knowledge, rigorously tested, and shown to produce positive results. Scientists have developed a broad range of programs that positively alter the balance between risk and protective factors for drug abuse in families, schools, and communities. In other words, these methods have been tested and proven to have good results, and can help lower the risk that young people will develop substance abuse problems. Research has shown that science-validated programs, such as those described in NIDA’s Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders, can significantly reduce early use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.

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