Once upon a time there was a vibrant young woman named Laura Mersereau. Her older brother Brad fondly remembers her as a freckle-faced and ginger-haired high school senior with an open smile. After her senior year Laura tried her first hit of LSD. The experiment had terrible consequences: Laura drank and kept drinking until six months before her death in 1999. She was 46 when she died of a perforated gastric ulcer, a complication caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.
Below is a link to an information brief providing an overview of SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework. It examines each of the five steps used to promote understanding of the requirements to successfully implement the strategic prevention framework. The steps are assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The brief includes a matrix providing examples of milestones and products for each of the five SPF steps.
Drug abuse prevention research has identified important principles for prevention programs in the family, school, and community. Prevention programs often are designed to enhance "protective factors" and to reduce "risk factors." Protective factors are those associated with reduced potential for drug use. Risk factors are those that make drug use more likely. Research has shown that many of the same factors apply to other behaviors such as youth violence, delinquency, school dropout, risky sexual behaviors, and teen pregnancy.