Community-Based Substance Use Prevention

Abigail A. Fagan and J. David Hawkins

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398823
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Community-Based Substance Use Prevention

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This article analyzes scientific evidence on the effectiveness of strategies aimed at preventing substance use within the community. It considers the potential of community-based devices to reduce drug use among youths, and then describes the methods that can identify various interventions. The next section discusses these interventions and their effects on youth substance use. Finally, the article determines the features of community-based strategies that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes.

Keywords: substance use; drug use; community-based devices; interventions; youth substance use

Article.  8746 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Crime Prevention ; Drugs Trade

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