Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

3,000 Attend CSAP Prevention Conference; Gallery of Prevention Highlighted

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

3,000 Attend CSAP Prevention Conference; Gallery of Prevention Highlighted

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The Center of Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) convened a meeting in Washington, DC of over more than 3,000 national and international leaders in the prevention of problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.

"Prevention works," Mrs. Vivian Smith, M.S.W., acting director of CSAP told the gathering. "In 1979, 18% of all 12- to 17-year-olds in the country used illicit drugs in any given month. Today, that number is below 7%. Similarly, in 1979, 37% of 12- to 17-year-olds drank alcohol in any given month. Today that figure is 20%. These numbers demonstrate that citizens' groups and health authorities implementing prevention programs are saving lives as well as precious health care dollars."

During the conference, CSAP presented, as part of its Teen Drinking Prevention Program, award winning prevention efforts in a 'Gallery of Prevention,' a specially designed area that showcased original community-based projects from across the country. Eight communities were featured: Albuquerque, NM; Charleston, SC; Detroit, MI; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; San Jose, CA; San Juan, PR; and Seattle, WA. …

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