Prevention Works

Prevention Statistics & Outcomes

In the early days of prevention, approaches were implemented and tested based on practitioner observation. The realization, for example, that most people had little knowledge about the harmful effects of alcohol and illicit drugs led to the development of public information campaigns and school-based curricula designed to replace myths with facts. With increasing sophistication, this knowledge-centered focus enlarged to include innovative interventions based on theories derived from research in related fields. More recently, data have become available from substance abuse prevention-specific program evaluations that provide empirical evidence about those strategies that succeeded in changing knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Here are just a few of the publications that provide statistics and outcomes related to DAODAS’ prevention efforts: