Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Prevention activities focus on reducing interest in substance use and access to substances. The Prevention Action Team promotes activities that reduce the chances that someone will engage in substance misuse, like providing education in schools, churches and the community, highlighting positive role models, empowering parents and focusing on the accurate detection and treatment of mental health issues. Preventing substance misuse will help heal our community and protect future generations from facing an ongoing crisis.

Examples of prevention activities include raising public awareness, safely storing and disposing of prescription drugs and facilitating open conversations about substance use, particularly with youth.

While everyone can benefit from prevention education, educating children and teens is particularly important since data shows that the earlier a person begins using substances, the more likely they are to progress to more serious use or to substance use disorder.

Find a range of prevention resources from federal agencies, advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations at the links below.

  • Dangers of Study Drugs in College
  • Prevention also includes building resources in our community that encourage people to make healthy decisions and avoid risky ones. It is the Prevention Action Team’s mission to build community capacity to prevent substance misuse through policy, environmental and systems change, including training, technical assistance and increasing public awareness. For updates on the Prevention Action Team’s work, please sign up for our ASAP-BC e-newsletter:

Toolkits and Tip Cards

Parenting Tips: Preventing Substance Misuse in Middle School

For help informing and educating the community about the dangers of substance use disorders, you can download the Prevention Action Team’s various Toolkits and Tip Cards. Each piece is designed for a specific audience and provides fast, clear messaging about the disease of addiction and how to recognize it at an early stage.

If you are interested in hosting an educational presentation on the opioid crisis for your organization or workplace, please email Matthew Neville at

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