While most substance use begins in the teen years, there are known biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to the risk, starting even before birth. This creates opportunities to intervene very early in a child’s life to prevent substance use disorders and, along with them, a range of other related problems. The National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released a publication that highlights seven evidence-based principles of substance use prevention for use in the early years of a child’s life (prenatal through age 8).
Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention in Early Childhood: A Research-Based Guide (In Brief) highlights seven evidence-based principles of prevention for use in the early years of a child’s life (prenatal through age 8), developed from research funded in full or in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This guide also lists evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that work with different populations and age groups. More detailed information can be found in the original online-only publication on the NIDA website at www.drugabuse.gov/earlychildhood.
NIDA (2016). Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood. Retrieved March 20, 2017, from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-substance-abuse-prevention-early-childhood