General Information Dissemination

Description of Strategy

While broad, the information dissemination prevention strategy aims to increase knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This strategy also seeks to educate the public about the consequences of use to promote anti-ATOD attitudes (Skiba, Monroe, & Wodarski, 2004).

Also known as...

Health fairs, REACH website, Drug and alcohol prevention education

Discussion of Effectiveness

Alcohol

None of the reviewed articles support the effectiveness of general information dissemination as a prevention strategy for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

Tobacco

None of the reviewed articles support the effectiveness of general information dissemination as a prevention strategy for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

Prescription & Other Drugs

None of the reviewed articles support the effectiveness of general information dissemination as a prevention strategy for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

References

Strategy Description

Skiba, D. Monroe, J., & Wodarski, J.S. (2004). Adolescent substance use: Reviewing the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Social Work, 49(3), 343-353.

Evidence Base

Larimer, M.E. & Cronce, J.M. (2002). Identification, prevention, and treatment: A review of individual-focused strategies. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Suppl14, 148-163.

Skiba, D. Monroe, J., & Wodarski, J.S. (2004). Adolescent substance use: Reviewing the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Social Work, 49(3), 343-353.

Wall, A.F. (2007). Evaluating a health education web site: The case of AlcoholEdu. NASPA Journal, 44(4), 692-714.

Futher Reading

Schoech, D. (2007). Developing a virtual community to prevent teen substance abuse: Lessons learned. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 25(3), 81-100. doi:10.1300/J017v25n03_05