The Words We Use

What does drug prevention mean?

There are several words we use throughout the chapters. Here is a list of terms and how they are defined:

  • Drugs: refers to all substances including alcohol and tobacco as well as illegal drugs

  • Youth: a general term that refers to young people of all pre-adult years

  • Teenager: refers to the age range of 12 – 19 years.

  • Parents: traditional parents, single parents, guardians and other primary caregivers to the child.

  • Family: the immediate and extended family of a child.

Drug prevention means: efforts to help avoid the illegal, inappropriate, unhealthy, harmful use of drugs.

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