Primary prevention is any type of prevention activity that is used before a negative health outcome occurs. Decisions at Every Turn addresses youth substance use through primary prevention strategies and activities to stop substance use before it starts. Primary prevention activities may include education on the risks of substance use, building awareness on the actions individuals can take to protect themselves, or environmental strategies, such as establishment of policies that prevent and limit access to substances by youth and adults. As a coalition focused on primary prevention, we believe that in the long term primary prevention has the most value to help build and maintain healthier, safer, and happier communities.
On this page, you will find resources about basic prevention information, as well as local and national resources on data and information about prevention. These resources will help you better understand the field and practices of prevention and can be used to help guide you to make Prevention-led decisions in your community.