Innovative Community-Based Prevention System Reduces Risky Behavior in 10-14 Year Olds – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers studied a group of fifth graders from 24 communities to evaluate the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program, a community-focused substance-use prevention system, also called CTC. Dr. Belinda Sims, at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains researchers saw lower risk in communities with the CTC programs.
Dr. Sims: Risk exposure in the control communities went up significantly faster than risk exposure in the CTC communities. So this delayed growth in risk exposure in the intervention communities was associated with the significant decrease in both the incidence and prevalence of substance use and delinquency.
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