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Prevention focuses on avoiding an occurrence of first use, relapse, harm, or the development of a disorder. Prevention plays a role in all aspects of the continuum of care.

Prevention, according to SAMHSA, is a process that empowers individuals and systems to meet the challenges of life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

SAMHSA’s goal of substance abuse prevention is to foster a climate in which:

  1. Alcohol use is acceptable only for those of legal age and only when the risk of adverse consequences is minimal;
  2. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are used only for the purposes for which they were intended;
  3. Other abusable substances such as aerosols are used only for their intended purposes; and
  4. Illegal drugs and tobacco are not used at all.

The role of prevention is to create healthy communities in which people have a high quality of life through:

HEALTH PROMOTION: environmental strategies that influence the general population such as:
• Media campaigns for a wide variety of target populations and focus issues
• Prevention & Resiliency Oriented Messages, treatment access and recovery messages
• Pro-social, substance-free activities
• Alcohol, tobacco and drug free public spaces and events

DIRECT SERVICE PREVENTION: specific activities with groups or individuals such as:
• Programs such as mentoring to prevent early initiation of alcohol or drug use
• Student Assistance Programs in schools and colleges
• Required coursework on risks and harm associated with substance misuse, progression of alcohol, tobacco and drug use in schools and colleges

POLICY WORK: effective policies in schools, colleges, workplaces, medical clinics, community law enforcement, and others:
• Student Assistance Screening (schools and colleges)
• Athletic and co-curricular policies that support no alcohol, tobacco or drug use
• Work place education, pre-employment alcohol/drug screens
• Universal Screening of patients for substance use in primary care
• Regular patrols of targeted areas and events
• Regulations and laws that limit or restrict alcohol, tobacco or drug use
• Limits to the number of alcohol/tobacco retailers in a geographic area
• Limitations on signs and advertising specific to alcohol and tobacco outside of retail establishments
• Regulations restricting sales of alcohol, tobacco or drug paraphernalia and images
• Restricting sales of synthetic products used to get high

all-day Recovery Month
Recovery Month
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day
Learn more and download a Recovery Month Toolkit at http://www.drugfreenh.org/about-us/item/62-recovery-month  
all-day Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week
Sep 18 – Sep 22 all-day
Bringing together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents in celebration of welcoming everyone! Welcoming Week 2017 Calendar of EventsFor more details, follow Welcoming Manchester on Facebook, or visit www.welcomingnh.org
1:00 pm Starting Syringe Services Progra...
Starting Syringe Services Progra...
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
In June 2017, Governor Sununu held a public signing ceremony for SB234 permitting the operation of Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) in New Hampshire. SSPs are key to addressing critical unmet public health needs in the[...]
9:00 am NAMI Walk
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm