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Prevention Works

Children who are taught about the dangers of substance use and gambling are less likely to develop an addiction later in life.
Risk and Protective Factor Framework

Addiction prevention is based on a risk/protective factor framework. Protective factors for children and young adults include: Open communication with family members, teachers, and other adults in their lives; A strong sense of family, positive experiences and role models; and the attitudes and conditions of their community.

Start a Conversation

Many small conversations are easier than one big talk. Find moments every day to connect and talk about substance use and addiction and listen to what kids have to say.


When questions arise, use it as a teaching moment. Educate yourself on substance use and addiction so you can respond with facts, rather than fear or judgment.


As children mature, so should your conversations. Talk about the dangers of substance use and gambling at every age and prepare them for real-life situations.

Community Coalitions
Get Involved
Coalitions are grassroots organizations that operate locally to promote addiction prevention. Coalition members are not addiction service professionals, they are everyday citizens united by a common goal: to understand and address addiction in their community. To start or find a community coalition in your area, contact a Prevention Resource Center.

Practice Prevention You can be the Difference

Prevention Providers
OASAS funded prevention providers deliver a wide range of services including evidence-based education programs, workshops, and training sessions in community-based settings like schools. They also work on policy and enforcement efforts to reduce underage drinking and create positive alternative activities for youth.