Preventing Drug Use and Addiction

There are many ways to prevent drug use and addiction. Prevention uses many approaches at national, local, family, and personal levels. Risk factors for drug use and addiction include genetics, environment, attitudes, and behaviors. Each risk factor will have a different effect on different people depending on their age, gender, ethnicity, culture, or environment. Risk factors can increase the likelihood of drug abuse while protective factors can reduce drug abuse.

Prevention Resources and Information:

Risk Factors for Recreational Drug Use

Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents

Myths and Misconceptions About Addiction

Risk Factors for Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction – Risk Factors

Risk and Protective Factors

The Science of Addiction

Opioid Risk Tool

Common Questions About Opioids

Real-Life Stories of Addiction

Chasing Heroin

The Face of Addiction

Hope in the Face of Addiction

“Heroin: The Hardest Hit” 2016 Documentary on Heroin Addition and Prescription Pill Abuse

Reach for Me: Fighting to End the American Drug Overdose Epidemic

The Faces of Addiction in Aging Adults

The New Caregivers – Grandparents fill gaps in drug-ravaged families

The New Opioid Dealers – Older Americans are selling their prescription painkillers to drug pushers

America’s Addiction to Pain Pills

Talking with Your Teen

Start Talking

Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Drug Disposal/Drug Take Back

City of Milwaukee Medicine Disposal and Collection

Dose of Reality- Find a take back location

Dose of Reality- How and Where to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Painkillers and Other Drugs 

Milwaukee County Drug Drop Off Locations

Take Back Your Meds Milwaukee

WI Department of Justice Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative


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