Forget ‘Just Say No’: This Is How Nation Can Reduce Youth Substance Use

February 5, 2016
by Richard Hamburg
Youth Today

The most troubling thing in our recent Trust for America’s Health report — “Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works” — supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation — is that by and large the strategies we try to use to address substance abuse do not match what the research says would work. And, we do not invest nearly enough on preventing use in the first place. We end up paying much more to treat problems down the road. Piling on to this, we do not then provide enough resources to effectively support evidence-based treatment and recovery approaches.

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