Substance abuse and addiction are increasingly affecting the health and welfare of New Yorkers. The risk for developing substance use disorders is the highest in adolescence, increasing dramatically among students from 8th to 12th grade, and presenting a small window for intervention. The dominant approach to substance abuse interventions focuses on treatment of existing disorders for services such as detoxification or intensive residential treatment. Programs to prevent adolescent substance use have been identified through rigorous trials. In addition, evidence-based interventions to reduce the harms of existing substance abuse are widely known and can be implemented on the local level.

APP helps to identify community priorities and apply effective, public health prevention strategies to prevent substance abuse and related harms through webinars, group and individual TA and curated events and resources. Current substance abuse topical priority areas include preventing opioid use and overdose and strengthening the behavioral health infrastructure.

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Supervised Injection Facilities: A Controversial but Proven Solution to a Deadly Epidemic
By Amanda Li and Michele Calvo In 1995, at the peak of the United States’ HIV/AIDS epidemic, 43,115 people died from the disease within that one year alone. Now, in 2017, we are facing an even deadlier epidemic: the opioid crisis. Drug overdoses are currently taking more lives than the HIV/AIDS e...
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