Drug Rehab 2021 Round 2 – Prevention Program Design in Your Community

Name: Fredrick Norfleet

Prevention Program Design in Your Community

Prevention Program Design in Your Community

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2017, approximately 19.7 million Americans twelve years and older suffered from a substance use disorder (Addiction Statistics: Drug & Substance Abuse Statistics, 2021). The average American community has experienced an influx of individuals suffering from many forms of substance use disorders, for example, opioid and alcohol addiction. Combined opioid and alcohol is the reason that ‘one out of every eight American adults struggled with both alcohol and drug use disorders simultaneously’ (Addiction Statistics: Drug & Substance Abuse Statistics, 2021). Thus, Opioid and Alcohol addiction are the most prevalent addiction issues facing the American community.

To address the Opioid and Alcohol addiction epidemid in my community, I would create a Universal prevention program. For example, Project Alert, which is a two-year universal program for students in middle school. The program goal is ‘to reduce the onset and regular use of drugs among youth’ (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2003). Project ALERT focus on the early prevention of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and inhalants. Recently Project ALERT has stepped up its effort to include a high school element. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ‘Project ALERT Plus, currently being tested in forty-five rural communities’ (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2003).

To get the message out to families, schools, and the community about the Universal prevention plan, I would use technology, i.e., social networks. According to ‘Tips on Marketing to Teens’, ‘using the media they respond to is the best way to attract their attention’ (Tips on Marketing to Teens, 2021). Young people are well adapted to share information with family and friends using social networks. Parents, families, schools, and communities pay attention to social networks that young people participate in because they know it to be the epicenter of their young lives.


Addiction Statistics: Drug & Substance Abuse Statistics. (2021). Retrieved January 09, 2021, from https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics

National Institute on Drug Abuse (2003). Preventing drug use among children and adolescents: A research-based guide for parents, educators, and community leaders (2nd ed.). Retrieved from http://www.drguabuse.gov/publicationos/preventing-drug-abuse-among-children-adolescents

Tips on Marketing to Teens. (n.d.). Retrieved January 09, 2021, from https://www.business.com/articles/marketing-to-teens/