Preventing youth substance use through access to early intervention

Youth and young adults are especially vulnerable to developing substance use disorders, which carry the potential for life altering consequences. The likelihood of developing a substance use disorder is greatest for those who begin alcohol or other drug use in their early teens. Prevention and early intervention can help limit experimentation and reduce risky behavior before serious social and health problems develop. Our partners advance innovative screening and early intervention approaches to prevent and reduce youth substance use and promote health and wellbeing.

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On November 10 and 11, we hosted our third annual Substance Use Prevention grantee and stakeholder convening in Washington, D.C. Grantees and partners came together to learn about progress in advancing screening and early intervention approaches for youth, as well as to discuss emerging issues, and network with practitioners and experts in the field.


American Academy of Pediatrics Inc.

To increase utilization of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to treatment (SBIRT) among pediatric providers serving adolescents.

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External Resources

We recommend visiting the following partners and external resources that are important to our work:

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    Center for Social Innovation

    The Center for Social Innovation partnered with Young People in Recovery to develop Project Amp, a brief mentorship intervention delivered within an SBIRT framework. Project Amp seeks to identify youth at low to moderate risk of substance use, enhance protective factors, and reduce risk for future use.

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    Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    People are most likely to begin abusing drugs—including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—during adolescence and young adulthood. This guide describes research-based approaches for early intervention and treatment, and presents a set of guiding principles and frequently asked questions about substance abuse and treatment in adolescents.

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    The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery

    The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery provides colleges and universities the tools and resources to launch alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery programs on their campuses.

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    The Addiction Medicine Foundation

    Ensuring physicians are trained so patients and families have access to treatment for addictive disorders in all healthcare settings.

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    New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

    The New Hampshire Youth SBIRT Initiative of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is supported in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This Initiative focuses on the implementation of SBIRT in primary care throughout New Hampshire as an effective prevention, intervention and public health strategy.

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    Community Catalyst

    Community Catalyst works to prevent addiction, expand access to quality treatment and help people return to healthy lives.

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