Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 145–156

Workplace Drug Abuse Prevention Initiatives: A Review


DOI: 10.1023/A:1021442016197

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Dusenbury, L. The Journal of Primary Prevention (1999) 20: 145. doi:10.1023/A:1021442016197


Likely key elements of effective prevention strategies emerging from the literature (and from discussions with experts) are summarized. These include: (1) program content based on proven prevention theory and research; (2) comprehensive approaches that address multiple risk and protective factors, and generalize across settings; (3) material that is relevant during important transitions in an employee's life and career (4) sensitivity to the culture of the workplace and community; (5) sufficient dosage and follow-up; (6) use of interactive teaching techniques; (7) training for prevention program providers; and (8) evaluation to know that the intervention had the desired effect on behavior. Evaluation of workplace substance abuse prevention has been limited; the need for future research is discussed. The paper concludes with a discussion of how to increase interest in substance abuse prevention by employers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public HealthCornell University Medical CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Greenwich