Prevention: Stop Use Before it Starts

Featured Prevention Resources

Underage Drinking: A Problem as Big as Texas This video, produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was created as a tool to assist Texas communities in preventing the use and abuse of alcohol among our youth. For more information, contact us at

Texas Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs)
DSHS Substance Abuse Services funds 11 Prevention Resource Centers across the state. These centers provide communities with prevention information, resources and expertise. Locate the Prevention Resource Center in your region of the state online or by calling toll-free 1-877-9-NO DRUG (1-877-966-3784).

Prevention Works! (PDF)
The Prevention Works! Prevention Handbook (2006) is intended to meet a variety of state prevention training needs, and replaces the November 2001 Prevention Backgrounder. The Prevention Handbook provides states and communities with information about substance abuse prevention, the history and mission of the National Prevention Network (NPN), and the resources Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/CSAP and others offer to support comprehensive, evidence-based substance abuse prevention nationwide.

2Young2Drink is sponsored by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Block Grant. The website provides information about underage drinking, including grants made through EUDL funding to community organizations to increase enforcement efforts and provide educational programs to increase the awareness of underage drinking laws and the consequences of underage drinking.

Prevention in Texas

Prevention activities improve the lives of Texans by discouraging substance use before it results in costly and life-threatening consequences, such as drunken driving fatalities and emergency room visits resulting from substance abuse. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Section, funds approximately 200 school and community based programs statewide to prevent the use and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) among Texas youth and families. These programs provide evidence-based curricula and effective prevention strategies identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in over 500 school districts.

The Strategic Prevention Framework provided by CSAP guides many prevention activities in Texas. In 2004, Texas received a state incentive grant from CSAP to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework in close collaboration with local communities in order to tailor services to meet local needs for substance abuse prevention. This prevention framework provides a continuum of services that target the three classifications of prevention activities under the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which are universal, selective, and indicated.

Substance Abuse Prevention


Last updated August 15, 2017