Substance misuse prevention is a process that attempts to prevent the misuse of opioids, other drugs and/or alcohol and to reduce the development of problems associated with substance misuse.  Prevention strategies or programs may focus on the individual or the environment in which they live, work and play.

While prevention efforts are most critical for early childhood, childhood, and adolescence, it is also important to remember prevention needs to be applied across all age groups/lifespan. 

New Hampshire’s prevention system includes a variety of prevention strategies and programs at different levels that focus on preventing and reducing substance misuse and its consequences for individuals, families, and communities.  

To learn more about Substance Misuse Prevention in New Hampshire:


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How to Prevent SUD

Illicit drug use among individuals aged 12-17 in New Hampshire was higher than in New England and nationwide every year from 2007 to 2014.*

In Schools
  1. Talk about the issues of addiction and substance use disorder clearly and consistently
  2. Provide prevention curricula early and often
  3. Gather information about substance use perceptions and behaviors regularly
  4. Provide early identification, referral, and support services
  5. Implement an effective policy for alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

*Source: Center for Excellence, National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2007-2014).