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.

Visit Prevention Solutions@EDC or read "Building a Road to Resilience" to learn more about EDC's work to prevent substance misuse.

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Resources

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

Websites

This resource is designed to help suicide prevention programs in state, tribal, campus, and community settings build and strengthen connections with their substance abuse prevention and treatment counterparts.

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:

Reports

This report presents highlights and findings from EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to 24,355 high school students in 26 Massachusetts communities in 2014.

Videos

This resource makes the case to use data to make the case for prevention efforts.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains decision-support tools, training and technical assistance tools, archived CAPT webinars, videos, and compiled data sources.

Toolkits

This online toolkit provides specific guidance for applying SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to the prevention of opioid misuse and overdoses.

Toolkits

This online tool provides guidance for applying the Strategic Prevention Framework process to the prevention of alcohol misuse and abuse.

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.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is one of the most pervasive and devastating consequences of the opioid crisis, affecting six newborns per 1,000 hospital births. This webinar will explore the current evidence for what drives this problem and what works to prevent it.