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School-based Strategies to Reduce Prescription and Other Illicit Drug Use

Thursday, 02/07/2019
9:00 AM
10:15 AM
Chesapeake 4-6


This session focuses on school-based substance-use prevention strategies with emphasis on co-occurring risks and experiences among U.S. high school students. CDC research suggests that adolescent substance use co-occurs with other behaviors and experiences, such as sexual behavior; violence victimization, mental health issues, and suicide, contributing to substantial morbidity for adolescents, including risk for HIV, STDs, and teen pregnancy. A substantial minority of students have experienced multiple risks across these four areas. These co-occurring risks also share common protective factors, including school connectedness and family engagement. We will present the results from our systematic review of the literature on risk and protective factors for substance use among adolescents. The session will discuss strategies to address substance-use prevention efforts among adolescents and future directions for research and programmatic work.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to use data to determine extent of co-occurring behaviors and experiences among adolescents in schools. They will also be able to describe the importance of protective factors in reducing co-occurring behaviors and experiences among adolescents, such as substance use, and identify at least three school-based strategies to reduce substance use in adolescents.

29th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 15th Prevention Day


Dr. Kathleen Ethier
Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health