Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works

Building an effective public health approach to preventing substance misuse by teens requires a continuum of care that includes reducing risk factors and providing screening and early intervention to ensuring comprehensive treatment and recovery support, a report from Trust for America's Health argues. According to the report, Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works (100 pages, PDF), twenty-four states meet five or fewer of the ten indicators that have been linked to teen well-being and substance misuse prevention, including treatment and recovery support for prescription drug misuse, mental health funding, and Good Samaritan laws that protect those seeking help for themselves or others. Funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the report notes that in eighteen states drug overdose deaths among young people between the ages of 12 and 25 have doubled since 2001 and calls on states to put prevention first, strategically invest in evidence-based programs, integrate school-based and broader community efforts, make counseling and intervention routine in high schools and healthcare settings, and increase funding support for sustained and ongoing mental health and substance use treatment and recovery.