Prevention

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Children who are taught about the dangers of substance use and gambling are less likely to develop an addiction later in life.
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Addiction prevention in New York State is based on a risk and 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 attitudes and conditions of their community.

Connect
Start a Conversation
Communicate

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.

Educate

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.

Reinforce

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.

Practice Prevention You can be the Difference

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: combating addiction in their community. Contact a Prevention Resource Center to start or find a community coalition.
Certified Prevention Providers
Certified providers deliver a wide range of prevention 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.