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Substance Abuse Prevention


2015 Annual Synar Report & 2015 Annual Synar Report - SSES Results

Underage drinking is a serious problem in Georgia.

  • More than 150 of Georgia’s youth die each year from alcohol-related causes.
  • Alcohol use can cause brain damage in youth.
  • Currently, we are running 30 second public service ads in theaters all over the state urging Georgians to take this huge problem seriously. Click here to view the PSA.

Prevention is a proactive process that enables individuals to create and reinforce conditions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. The Office of Prevention Services and Programs (OPSP) supports the health and well being of individuals, families and communities by reducing the use and abuse of substances and their related consequences across the lifespan, and delaying the onset of substance use by youth using a data-driven planning process that targets high priorities for all categories of the population defined by the Institute of Medicine.

Prevention Services promote health and well being of individuals, families and communities through a variety of strategies and activities. OPSP contracts for prevention services specifically designed to reduce the risks associated with substance use and abuse. While services directly target addictive diseases and violence prevention, these services may also be effective with risk factors associated with social problems, such as crime, teen pregnancy, school failure, delinquency and economic dependence. Interventions that reduce risk factors and increase protective factors linked to addictive diseases and related problem behaviors produce long-term positive outcomes.

Prevention Activities

Drugs Don't Work in Georgia

This program is designed to help employers become certified drug-free workplaces by establishing employee assistance programs and drug-free workplace policies.

Drug-Free Community Coalitions (DFCC) and Contact Info

This Act is a catalyst for increased citizen participation in efforts to reduce substance use among youth, and it provides community anti-drug coalitions with much-needed funds to carry out their important missions.

Exemplary Substance Abuse Program Awards for Innovation

This program honors outstanding achievements in substance abuse prevention and is designed to seek out programs that demonstrate results in areas such as individual child factors related to biology, behavior, personality, and family or environmental factors.

Red Ribbon back sack

Governor's Red Ribbon Campaign (Updated 4/23/2015)

The annual substance abuse awareness and prevention campaign is celebrated during the last week of October in local communities across the country.

Helpline Georgia

This toll-free line provides confidential, round the clock, crisis intervention, information and referral.

Maternal Substance Abuse (MSA) and Child Development Project

This project focuses on prevention of negative consequences of a maternal substance use through a variety of services.

Strategic Prevention Framework Overview

The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention

Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)

The SPF SIG program is one of SAMHSA's infrastructure grant programs which support an array of activities to help grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse and/or mental health services.

Check It

Synar Tobacco Prevention

We are launching the "Check-It" campaign. Here's our happy "Check-It" character. Take a look at our 30 second ad, and remember, it's important for retail sales personnel to always check the IDs for anyone they suspect is under 18 years old. That's because it's illegal to sell cigarettes or tobacco-related objects to a minor.


Risk Factors increase the likelihood of substance abuse problems:

  • Individual: rebelliousness and beginning drug use early
  • Family: poor family management and parental attitudes favorable to drug use
  • School: academic failure and low commitment to school
  • Community: low neighborhood attachment and high community disorganization

Protective Factors buffer youth against exposure to risk:

  • Individual: social skills and belief in the moral order
  • Family: attachment and opportunities for prosocial involvement
  • School and Community: opportunities for and rewards for prosocial involvement

Fund Sources - Required Strategies