The Prevention of Drug Abuse

  • Anthony Biglan
  • Brian Flay
  • Sharon L. Foster
Part of the Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives book series (IICL, volume 1)


This chapter reviews the evidence about preventing the abuse of illicit drugs. During the last 25 years, an enormous amount has been learned about the factors that influence the development of drug-using behavior and the things that can be done to prevent drug use. Sufficient knowledge exists to justify the implementation of prevention programs in schools and communities because school and community-based programs have been shown to prevent drug use and the development of numerous problems that are associated with drug abuse. At the same time, most studies have focused on drug use rather than drug abuse. A new generation of research studies will be needed to determine whether comprehensive prevention programs actually prevent serious forms of substance abuse.


Young People Illicit Drug Social Skill Training Adolescent Problem Behavior Good Behavior Game 
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