$10 a person per year invested in PREVENTION could save billions of dollars-



Monitoring the Future survey, a nationally representative study of American students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade, conducted annually and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. IBH graphed the data on past month substance use by high school seniors from the monographs which are quite extensive: Full 2017 Monograph and 2017 Overview Report. I have attached here an updated graph that includes past month use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana and other illicit drugs.


 Institute for Behavior and Health and  (IBH) prevention website, including a series of graphs from a recent article we published showing the association between the use of the three gateway drugs for youth – alcohol, cigarettes (nicotine) and marijuana.



For information on national evidence programs for schools, other programs and additional prevention information click on the sign. Effective and ineffective programs.






 Please review this area if you have a prevention program and want to enhance it or want to start a program.  Many other coalitions and prevention groups are very willing to share information and "what worked" in their community.  You will more than likely have to  modify campaigns or programs for the specific needs, culture base... in your community.     CONTACT your local police department for information about Safety & Drug presentations.  If they don't offer these programs they may be able to give a contact so you can partner with an existing group.  Also, see if your area has Task Forces or Coalitions to join.


Prevention Saves Lives and Money


Tool Kits -   Generation X- Excellent- Elementary, High School, College, Community, Seniors


Publications for Parents, Teachers, Facilitators.... Excellent additional resources on this link!   

Evidence-based programs:






Too Good programs empower children with the social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention skills they need to lead happy and healthy lives.

Evidence-based programs for schools,families and communities.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.


At National DEC, we believe the best way to address the needs of drug endangered children is a coordinated approach that puts kids’ needs first.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Prevention Saves Lives and Money

Handouts- Brochure, Fact Sheets .... The best advice is to utilize the government brochures that are often FREE.
Your local treatment center may also have some preventative data they utilize... I would recommend checking with a non-profit organization as they often have material that doesn't just promote their program.  (They may also know of additional resources for information.)
Free Publications
Treatment, Prevention, and Recovery

Organizations that give personal presentations:   


NOPE mission is the high-impact, multimedia presentation that is delivered to middle and high school students. The NOPE presentation is purposefully blunt and evokes powerful emotions. The response from students, parents and teachers has been very positive. Many students reach out to NOPE's wealth of resources beyond the presentation and seek guidance for themselves or to get help for a friend.


Linda presents to Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, and the Military about the consequences of drug use and underage drinking.  She shares age appropriate information and  stories.  


College & Teen Programs, Brochures...

Click for larger view and both sides.

Business Cards:  Inexpensive and some of the best media to reach out to the grassroots in your community.   You can hand this out almost everywhere you go...  Example... asking people, "Where to do work, what are your other interests, what are you majoring in.... " hopefully they will ask you the same ... opportunity created to share your business card.

You can also leave this type of card almost anywhere... at your doctor's & DENTIST's office, hair salon, schools, universities,  local restaurants, hotel front desks, grocery story,,,, (maybe a flyer with those hanging tags with the website can be posted at some stores).... Ask if you can leave some cards at functions you attend... such as church events... other fundraiser dinners, teas, potlucks, ....

Have a logo that is recognizable.  

Flyers.... another idea that can reach many people.  Although my example does not have the pull-off tabs I would recommend adding them... inexpensive and easy to do!

Sample flyers:

College Apartment Complexes, Dorms...  Maybe health clinics on and off campus... In June/early July ask the apartment managers if they would consider adding this information to their "Welcome/Orientation" package.

Multiple uses for this flyer... churches, community centers,... this one would be good to put the tear off tabs on the bottom

Other flyer... good information probably needs better marketing.




Other Resources for Ideas

Excellent Website with lots of ideas

Scroll down to view two sample videos.

RH Prevention Resource Center

Indiana University


Please feel free to contact me with any additional ideas!  



   CAST (Citizens And Students Together) a Coalition for Community Health, partnered with Ponaganset High School in a alcohol awareness billboard design contest with students.   

I saw this bear sign while on vacation.  Turns out it was from Empowered Parents (see above).