Model Drug Prevention Programs

Much has been learned over the past few decades about what kinds of prevention programs work. Key ingredients for successful community based programs include:

Model programs exist throughout the country. Some of these programs are fairly easy to replicate, such as Boys and Girls Clubs. Others are community strategies designed for specific community needs. The following is a partial list of programs identified as successful by the Office of National Drug Control within the White House. More information can be gathered at:

Central to drug prevention is the development and implementation of programs that prevent illicit drug use, keep drugs out of neighborhoods and schools, and provide a safe and secure environment for all people.

For in depth information about any of these programs, just click on the program title to be directed to their web site

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Their program areas include education, health, arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.

Centers for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)
The primary mission of the National CAPT system is to bring research to practice by assisting States/Jurisdictions and community-based organizations in the application of the latest research-based knowledge to their substance abuse prevention programs, practices, and policies.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Model Programs
This Web site is a comprehensive resource on preventing substance abuse and creating sustained positive change in our Nations communities. The Model Programs featured on this site have been tested in communities and schools across America, and proven to prevent or decrease substance abuse in youth.

Division of Workplace Programs
Drug-free workplace initiatives include a clear policy of no use; employee education about the dangers of illicit drug use and the workplace consequences of drug use; supervisor training about their responsibilities under the policy; access to employee assistance programs (EAPs) and treatment referral; and accurate and reliable drug testing, consistent with the policy.

Drug Free Communities Support Program
The Drug Free Communities Support Program is designed to assist community-based coalition's efforts to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse. The program enables the coalitions to strengthen their coordination and prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information about effective programs.

Weed and Seed
Operation Weed and Seed is a strategy which aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the country. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in "weeding out" criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and "seeding" brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
D.A.R.E. is a school based prevention program that uses trained, uniformed police officers to teach youth and parents about the dangers of substance abuse.

Drugs and Sports
ONDCP has reached out to America's youth through their coaches with the distribution of the Coaches Playbook Against Drugs. Partnerships and cooperation from Major League Baseball teams, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Soccer, and National Football League players and coaches have delivered anti-drug messages to young athletes and fans nationwide. Working with the international community, ONDCP led efforts that resulted in the creation of an effective and independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). ONDCP serves on the WADA Board as the representative of the United States. ONDCP has also led efforts to help improve purely domestic anti-doping programs.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
The design and intent of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is to decrease gang and youth violence across the nation by having certified/sworn, uniformed police officers and Federal agents teach youth about the consequences related to violent crime and gang involvement.

National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
The Media Campaign is a multi-dimensional effort designed to educate and empower youth to reject illicit drugs. The campaign is developed from a scientific base and utilizes television, radio, online and print advertising, school-based educational materials, Web sites, and partnerships with civic and faith service organizations to reach American's wherever they live, learn, work, play, and pray.

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
This program is designed to prevent violence in and around schools, and strengthen programs that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, involve parents, and are coordinated with related Federal, State and community efforts and resources.

Strengthening America's Families
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) have provided "best practice" family strengthening programs. Family strengthening programs are interventions that works with either a parent or caretaker of a child or some members of a family (including at least one target child) with the goal of reducing risk or increasing protective factors for problem behavior.