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Substance Use Prevention

Substance use prevention stops drug use before it starts. It is a crucial component of drug control strategy, but it faces ever-changing conditions that require new research to update best practices. What are the implications of cannabis reform for substance abuse prevention? Do health care policy changes affect where and how prevention can be delivered and financed? And how do we prevent opioid misuse without harming pain patients? 

The team at Carnevale Associates applies deep prevention expertise across our full range of services, spanning all substances -- including opioids and marijuana. Through training & technical assistance, we provide preventionists with the information they need to be effective in their work, from new use patters and evidence-based practices to new financing and partnership opportunities. As part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, we develop tools that identify and explain changes in substance use indicators and effective strategies to address them. We have also helped assess the effectiveness of national prevention activities, as part of the team that developed annual accountability reports for SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Our Training & Technical Assistance, Performance Measurement & Management, Strategic Planning, and Policy Formulation teams have worked on substance use prevention projects.