High-potential Mediators of
Drug-Abuse Prevention Program Effects
Stewart I. Donaldson
Claremont Graduate University
These statements and perspectives are part of the popular discourse about drug-abuse prevention at the turn of the century. These and similar claims are commonly voiced in the mass media, by human service professionals working with youth on a day-to-day basis, in policy arenas, and in the drug-abuse prevention research literature. Given these views and your current thoughts about the effectiveness of drug-abuse prevention, please take a moment and answer the following forced-choice questions:
Drug prevention efforts designed by social scientists do not work.
Despite billions of dollars invested in prevention, America's drug problem is alive and well. Face it, we have lost the war on drugs.
Supply reduction approaches (law enforcement) are effective, but demand reduction (prevention) is hopeless.
The most popular drug-abuse prevention program in America today is not effective. and represents the largest waste of taxpayer resources in the history of prevention and health education.
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Publication information: Book title: Mass Media and Drug Prevention: Classic and Contemporary Theories and Research. Contributors: William D. Crano - Editor, Michael Burgoon - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 215.
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