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.
EDC Talks: Vendors Can Prevent Marijuana Misuse
Marijuana is being legalized in states across the country. How can we stop young people from misusing it? Gisela Rots explains.
Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Home Visiting
Home visiting programs are critical to supporting children affected by opioid misuse, says Loraine Lucinski.
How Schools Can Support Students Affected by Opioids
The trauma children experience as a result of opioid misuse at home can affect how they do in school—but schools can help.
3 Ways Schools Can Support Children Affected by the Opioid Crisis
Schools are uniquely positioned to address the needs of children exposed to trauma, says Shai Fuxman.
4 Ways to Reduce Opioid Misuse and Overdose
For those working to prevent opioid misuse in their communities, four strategies that work.
Preventing the Next Opioid Overdose
In Massachusetts, many communities are implementing post-overdose programs. EDC’s Gary Langis explains why that’s a good idea.
This website offers a range of print and online resources developed by EDC to prevent substance misuse and related behavioral health problems.
This resource makes the case to use data to make the case for prevention efforts.
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
This searchable database offers resources and materials selected and reviewed by the staff of the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP).
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.
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.
This toolkit showcases some of the exciting ways prevention professionals are collaborating across communities and behavioral health fields to prevent substance use and misuse and promote overall health and wellness in their communities.
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.
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:
In 2007, Massachusetts became the first state to receive federal funds through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address unintended fatal and nonfatal opioid