It is possible to reduce the impact of opioid and other substance misuse on individuals, families, and communities. To do so, we must understand that substance misuse, early childhood trauma, suicide, and addiction are all interconnected, and that effective programs are multidimensional.

EDC builds the capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance misuse prevention workforce through innovative learning opportunities. We help communities weave substance misuse prevention into home visiting programs, after-school settings, and health systems, and we develop trainings that reflect urgent and emergent trends in substance misuse across the lifespan. Our programs are informed by prevention and implementation science, as well as by the multidisciplinary perspectives and cultural competencies of our staff.

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Experts

Kim Dash
Senior Research Scientist
Shai Fuxman staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
Lauren Gilman
Director, MassTAPP
Chelsey Goddard
Vice President | Director, SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
Chuck Klevgaard
Project Director
A photo of EDC's Debra Gardner Morris
Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Carol Oliver
Chief of Training and Technical Assistance
EDC's Kimberly O’Brien staff portrait
Research Scientist
EDC's Gisela Rots staff portrait
Project Director
Shari Kessel Schneider
Project Director II

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on substance abuse prevention. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Toolkits

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) at EDC developed this interactive communications toolkit to help substance abuse prevention practitioners create clear,

Resource libraries

This searchable database offers resources and materials selected and reviewed by the staff of the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP).

Resource libraries

This resource library contains reports, analyses, surveys, and fact sheets developed as part of EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey from 2006 to 2014.

Reports

This issue brief is designed to help substance abuse prevention practitioners better understand and reduce rates of heroin use and overdose. It includes the following:

Resource libraries

This resource library contains programs and strategies for addressing school-based health and safety issues, including bullying, substance abuse, mental health, and school discipline.

Reports

This report describes three post-overdose interventions that have shown promise in reducing the risk of subsequent overdoses and improving other health outcomes among people who have experienced a non-fatal overdose, highlighting the role of prevention practitioners in supporting these efforts.

Resource libraries

This website contains links to social norms campaigns from communities supported by the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) at EDC.

Reports

This resource offers a brief introduction to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), highlighting how practitioners can use PDMP data to prevent prescription drug misuse in their states and communities.

Reports

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) developed this guidance document to assist efforts in preventing and reducing underage drinking and other drug use in Ma

Toolkits

This guide includes information gathered from existing research and practice literature on environmental strategies that aim to reduce non-medical use of prescription drugs. For each strategy, the guide includes information on: the populations for which the original strategy was designed, evaluation outcomes that provide evidence of effectiveness, and additional resources (e.g., links to additional guidelines) for readers.