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Prevention Could Save $352 Million Annually

The need for stronger emphasis on prevention programs throughout the country has been brought to light by a new study of school-age children who were prenatally exposed to cocaine or crack.

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Influential Factors in Kids' Drug Use

A number of influences, among them genetics, personality traits, family, peer group and community, can influence whether a child or adolescent will use drugs.

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Integrating Prevention into Managed Care

Research-based prevention programs could be integrated into managed behavioral health programs, but purchasers and managed-care firms have to be convinced that prevention is effective and cost-effective.

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Life Skills Training

Life Skills Training (LST) is one of today's most highly touted prevention programs, with some studies showing the curriculum reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by 50 to 75 percent.

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