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Goal of Priority

Increase access to effective substance use disorder prevention.


Use universal, selected, and targeted approaches to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors.



CSAP Strategies

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) works with federal, state, public, and private organizations to develop comprehensive prevention systems by:

  • Providing national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use
  • Promoting effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively

As a result of its efforts, CSAP’s work creates:

  • Supportive workplaces, schools, and communities
  • Drug-free and crime-free neighborhoods
  • Positive connections with friends and family
Strategic Prevention Framework


Use universal, selected, and targeted approaches to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors.

Risk and Protective factors

Prevention science has identified biological, psychological, family, community, and cultural characteristics that are associated with a higher likelihood of an individual developing a substance abuse or related behavioral health problem, these are known as risk factors. There are also factors at the individual, family, and community levels proven to reduce the likelihood of developing a substance abuse or behavioral health problem, called protective factors. Effective Prevention focuses on strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors in multiple contexts.

Evidence Based Prevention

As Prevention has evolved over time, interventions have been evaluated to measure impact and overall effectiveness. A prevention program or intervention is considered evidence-based if there is demonstrated evidence of effectiveness under a set of defined conditions. When selecting an intervention, evidence is evaluated, and priority is given to those programs with strong evidence of effectiveness.

Action Committees List

support pregnant and postpartum women at-risk for or engaged in substance misuse.


identifying, supporting, educating, and referring students age K to early adulthood (includes in and out of school)


empowering via education and access to information/resources


providing resources and education to employers to support at-risk employees


dissemination of information to all ages through universal, selected and targeted approaches using varying medium

Prevention Policies

advocating for prevention at the community and state levels

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