Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Last Reviewed: March 2016

This report is a supplement to the second edition of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents. This supplement reflects accumulating evidence showing that providing a stable home environment, good nutrition, physical and mental stimulation, supportive parenting, and good classroom management for young children can result in a later start and reduced use of drugs in adolescence. The report — intended for parents, practitioners, and policymakers — describes 7 principles of substance abuse prevention for early childhood, describes risk and protective factors, and gives information on certain early childhood intervention programs.

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National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood. Retrieved from