Building a Prevention System

An effective national drug prevention system delivers an integrated range of interventions and policies based on scientific evidence, taking place in multiple settings and targeting relevant ages and levels of risk. The complex interplay of factors that make children, youth and adults vulnerable to substance use and other risky behaviours. It is not possible to address such vulnerabilities by simply implementing a single prevention intervention. Single prevention interventions are isolated and limited in time frame and reach.

The overarching goal here is to support the healthy and safe development of individuals. Arguably, an effective prevention system would comprise strategies with a mix of environmental and developmental components, with a minor component focusing on information.

Guidance can be found here.

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