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A Challenge in Prevention

March 11, 2008
by Gary Enos
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Addiction field professionals consistently emphasize the need for drug and alcohol prevention messages to be age-specific. But a new study being publicized by the Society for Prevention Research indicates that prevention leaders might be wise to develop gender-specific themes as well. The review of 26 years of data on teen marijuana use found that while use among at-risk boys varied according to how socially acceptable drug use was at the time, girls' use did not tend to follow shifts in social acceptability at all. This gender distinction appears to add yet another variable to an already complex set of considerations for achieving effective prevention.

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Effective prevention? After 35 years as an Addiction/Behavioral Specialist I still don't know who,what and how this is accomplished. Another variable that serves as an uneffective tool used to evaluate evaluations, study additional studies and complexing the already complex. Ever hear of excess to the excessive?

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Gary A. Enos has been the editor of Addiction Professional since its inception. He...