The Need for Prevention
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Before providing an analysis of our program, it is helpful to view a “snapshot” of current trends in youths’ alcohol and other drug use, and to review several historical approaches to prevention in the United States. It is important to understand the extent, nature, and historical context of any social problems we are trying to alleviate through policies and programs. Thus, we will briefly track the history of policies and approaches already attempted. In doing so, we will see that many of the approaches used to address problems such as youth substance abuse prevention have been misguided, uninformed, and largely unsuccessful.
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