NIDA's prevention research program focuses on risks for drug use and other problem behaviors that occur throughout a child's development, from pregnancy through young adulthood. Research funded by NIDA and other federal research organizations - such as the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - shows that early intervention can prevent many adolescent risk behaviors. Read the DrugFacts.
- National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW)
For Criminal Justice
For Health Professionals
For Higher Education
- College Age and Young Adults
- College Addiction Studies Programs
- Prevention Profiles: Take Five - Dr. Nora Volkow (NIDA) (Podcast, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Campus Drug Prevention)
For K-12 Education
- Parents & Educators
- Family Checkup
- NIDA for Teens on Preventing Teen Drug Use - Offers resources for teens and teen influencers.
- Lesson Plan and Activity Finder
- Drugs & Health Blog Teacher’s Guide
- Facts on the Health Effects and Consequences of Drug Use for Students
- Stats & Trends in Teen Drug Use with Interactive Chart
- National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge
- Drug Facts Challenge!
- Kahoot! Games on Drugs and Alcohol
- Is There a Connection Between Missing Sleep and Using Drugs?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?
- Can Too Much “Screen Time” Change Your Brain?
- Myth or Fact? “Marijuana Is Stronger These Days”
- Videos: Exploring Drug Effects
- Easy-to-Read Drug Facts on Prevention - Has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text. The website also can read each page out loud.
- Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
- Prevention Research Branch (PRB)
- NIH Director’s Blog on Prevention
- Federal School Resource Guide - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has released a resource guide for evidence-based prevention programs in school settings. The resources included in this guide are available for free and can help educators protect students and schools from the impact of illicit substance use and misuse.
- Keeping Youth Drug Free (SAMHSA)
- Operation Prevention (Drug Enforcement Adminstration)
- Opioids and Adolescents (Office of Adolescent Health)
- Video: "Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment" with Sarah Bagley, M.D. (Office of Adolescent Health)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.