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Substance Misuse - Prevention Programs and Policies

Author: SAMHSA
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Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Given the impact of substance misuse on public health and the increased risk for long-term medical consequences, including substance use disorders, it is critical to prevent substance misuse from starting and to identify those who have already begun to misuse substances and intervene early. Evidence- based prevention interventions, carried out before the need for treatment, are critical because they can delay early use and stop the progression from use to problematic use or to a substance use disorder (including its severest form, addiction), all of which are associated with costly individual, social, and public health consequences. This course will demonstrate that prevention can markedly reduce the burden of disease and related costs.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss why prevention is important
  • Describe risk and protective factors
  • Explain types of evidence-based prevention programs

Course Syllabus

  • Why We Should Care About Prevention
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Types of Prevention Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Prevention Programs
  • Evidence-based ¬†Community Coalition-based Prevention Models
  • Evidence-Based Prevention Policies
  • Prevention Interventions for Specific Populations
  • Improving the Dissemination and ¬†Implementation of Evidence-based Programs
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