N ational S urvey on D rug Use and H ealth

N ational S urvey on D rug Use and H ealth

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N ational S urvey on D rug Use and H ealth

Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages and Substance Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007

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dolescents are subjected to influences that may increase their risk for substance use or protect them from

it.1 Substance use prevention programs

generally are designed to lessen the influence of risk factors and increase the influence of protective factors. Substance use prevention messages and programs are provided through parents, the media, schools, and other sources.2 Gaining a better understanding of how

many and which types of adolescents receive prevention messages and programs through each of the many potential sources is essential for the development of effective prevention programming.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asks adolescents (i.e., youths aged 12 to 17) whether they have been exposed to prevention messages in the past 12 months through parental sources (i.e., talked with at least one of their parents during the past year about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use)3 and media sources (i.e., seen or heard any alcohol or drug prevention messages from sources such as posters, pamphlets, radio, or TV). In addition, adolescents are asked

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