Part 5 of 5: Prevention is the Key

Drug addiction is a preventable disease. Results from NIDA-funded research have shown that prevention programs that involve families, schools, communities, and the media are effective in reducing drug abuse. Although many events and cultural factors affect drug abuse trends, when youths perceive drug abuse as harmful, they reduce their drug taking. It is necessary, therefore, to help youth and the general public to understand the risks of drug abuse, and for teachers, parents, and healthcare professionals to keep sending the message that drug addiction can be prevented if a person never abuses drugs.

For more information on understanding drug abuse and addiction, please see the booklet, Drugs, Brains, and Behavior – The Science of Addiction, at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.