Helping stop drug use before it starts
Creating collective impact to prevent youth substance abuse in Arizona
Primary substance abuse prevention is simply stopping drug use before it starts. It includes those preventive measures that come before the onset of drug use and addiction. Raising awareness about substance issues and educating on the harms of drugs are two primary ways that substance abuse prevention coalitions work to prevent youth drug use.
Youth drug use is at an all-time low, having steadily declined over decades, in part due to primary prevention efforts. But, in recent years we have witnessed the alarming rise of youth vaping of both nicotine and marijuana.
Studies show that any drug use, whether it be once or multiple times, can damage the developing brain. That’s why substance abuse prevention coalitions focus on stopping youth drug use before it starts.
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SACLAz is a group of coalition leaders focused on primary prevention, preventing youth use of drugs and alcohol. Join today to help strengthen and support the collective impact of substance abuse coalitions in our state.