17 Jul Research Shows Community-Based Prevention Programs Work
Do prevention programs really work? While some believe that keeping kids off drugs should be the responsibility of the parents, others believe community-based programs carry value. With research just released in the American Journal of Public Health, they just might be right.
According to a Medical News Today report, middle school students who are also recipients of a community-based program for prevention are less likely to abuse prescription-based medications as older teens and young adults.
While prescription medications were developed with the intent to prescribe pain treatment, treat anxiety or help to control ADHD, the abuse of such drugs can lead to very serious consequences. Users could quickly develop an addiction or suffer death as a result of an overdose. The risk among teens is high, especially given their increased tendency to develop an addiction.
In fact, the abuse of prescription medications has become one of the most serious public health concerns within the United States. A 2012 Monitoring the Future survey found that the top substances of choice among 12th graders over the past 12 months include prescription medications and over-the-counter varieties.
While some adults may assume that the drug problem is not within their family, their schools or their environment, the truth is that prescription drug abuse is in very close range without clear indication. Roughly 1.7 million people 12-25 years old first abused a prescription drug in 2011. That equates to 4,500 young people per day – a staggering number of individuals.
When community-based programs were launched for children during middle school, a marked reduction in risk was measured. Reductions in risk ranged from 20 percent to as much as 65 percent when compared with control groups. While not all targets were completely clean before this launch, results indicate that these higher risk groups could also benefit from such prevention measures.
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