Research over the last two decades has proven that drug and alcohol addiction is both preventable and treatable. Therefore, prevention strategies must be a critical component for any comprehensive national strategy to address drug use and underage drinking.
To reach all of America’s youth, parents and communities with comprehensive strategies, programs and services, enhanced drug and alcohol prevention funding is needed. Our nation needs to make a substantial investment in delaying the age that American youth start to use alcohol and illegal drugs, or misuse legal drugs. Every new cohort of youth must have the benefit of effective alcohol and drug abuse prevention. The following PowerPoint Presentations have been used by CADCA’s Public Policy Department to make the case for investing in prevention in general, and specifically in the Drug Free Communities and State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities programs.