Innovative Community-Based Prevention System Reduces Risky Behavior in 10-14 Year Olds – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A system called Communities That Care has lowered rates of alcohol use, tobacco use, binge drinking, and delinquent behaviors among middle-schoolers in seven states. Dr. Belinda Sims, a program director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says the community based prevention system was studied over four years.
Dr. Sims: The purpose of the study was to examine the efficacy of a system for community wide implementation of evidence based drug abuse prevention and related to behavioral health prevention programs. And these are programs that are designed to reduce substance use and related health risking behaviors among youth.
Narrator: For more information on the Community Youth Development Study, visit www.nida.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.
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