Prevention and Education

Substance abuse occurs one person at a time, but the result often effects the user's family, educators, employers and community. When these stakeholders recognize the benefit of substance abuse education and prevention and then commit to focus their respective expertise, effective community based programs can be developed.

An effective community drug prevention program will:

Nurses, especially school nurses, are well positioned to monitor for drug abuse risk factors and initiate early therapeutic intervention. Studies have demonstrated that prevention and early intervention are effective and cost effective. Nurses can also use their positions of respect in the community to promote the development and funding of drug abuse programs.