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.

Toolkits

This packet of materials provides action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes and highlights resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction.

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.

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.

Websites

Through engaging activities, reflections, and videotaped interviews with prevention leaders, this award-winning online course explores the range of factors associated with opioid overdose and promising strategies to address it.

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.

Toolkits

The Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS) at EDC developed this interactive communications toolkit to help substance abuse prevention practitioners create clear, accurate messages that wou

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.

Resource libraries

This searchable database offers resources and materials selected and reviewed by the staff of the CSPS.

Resource libraries

This website offers a range of print and online resources developed by EDC to prevent substance misuse and related behavioral health problems.

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.