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Adolescent exposure to substance use prevention messages declining

October 19, 2017

Exposure to drug or alcohol use prevention messages decreased among adolescents since 2002, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Providing adolescents with credible, accurate, and age-appropriate information about the harm associated with substance use is a key component in prevention programming,” Rachel N. Lipari, PhD, of SAMHSA, wrote. “Prevention programming can be made more effective by gaining a better understanding of the ways in which adolescents are given prevention messages. Similarly, prevention programming can be better targeted to address underserved populations if the characteristics of adolescents not exposed to prevention messages or programs are known.”

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