Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities can ensure that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age. For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs.
Prevention is one of the main components of a health centred system to address drugs in societies. It is also an integral part of a larger effort to ensure children and young people grow healthy and safe in to adulthood.
This section introduces what is meant by drug use prevention, and what is effective for preventing drug use. It also contains sub-sections for resources targeted to different target groups such as national decision-makers, parents, teachers and youth.