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Prevention Basics

Individual and environmental intervention strategies are two primary approaches to preventing substance use disorders.

Some prevention interventions are designed to help individuals develop the intentions and skills to act in a healthy manner. Others focus on creating environments that support healthy behavior. Research indicates that the most effective prevention interventions incorporate both approaches. Targeted prevention identifies and reaches out to populations that are at a higher risk for substance misuse.

Any prevention approach should be used with the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Learn more about applying the SPF.

The prevention workforce must also have the cultural competence to effectively engage with the individuals or communities they are targeting. Learn more about cultural competence and the SPF.
Sustainability is another important component of prevention efforts, and the focus of any such effort should be on sustaining positive outcomes, not sustaining any particular program. Learn more about sustainability.

Tips For Parents

The links below can help whether you are just trying to be a proactive parent, if you are worried that your child may be starting to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, or if you know that your child has a substance use problem. The information below can help you find out how to best support your child and get support for yourself, so you can help them navigate through whatever stage they are in (curiosity, use, treatment, recovery).

Operation Prevention Parent Toolkit

Tips for Businesses

Alcohol and/or tobacco outlets located in Anderson County, Tennessee can received the age verification resources listed below free of charge. Please place an order for any materials you would like to receive and they will be delivered to you. You will receive resources corresponding to the calendar year of the date of order (i.e., 2018).

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