Drug prevention approaches range from those that target society as a whole (environmental and universal prevention) to interventions focusing on at-risk individuals (indicated prevention). The main challenges are in matching these different strategies to target groups and contexts and ensuring that they are evidence-based and have sufficient population coverage. On this page you can find a selection of the EMCDDA's resources on the topic of prevention.
Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide provides an overview of actions or interventions undertaken to address the negative consequences associated with the illicit drug phenomenon. It acts as a gateway to a wide range of online resources, including links to evidence and tools.
Many differences exist between European countries in the way prevention is addressed, with some tending to adopt broader community-based and environmental approaches and others primarily using manual-based programmes. Selective prevention for vulnerable groups are implemented in European countries through interventions that address both individual behaviours and social contexts. Indicated prevention targets at-risk individuals.
Items found in our library of drug and addiction resources