Good Intentions Is Not Prevention: “Prevention In Many
Ways Is More Valuable Than The Cure”
Treatment and intervention without prevention is simply unsustainable. I understand
that there are things we do in a triage or crisis situation that we wouldn’t tolerate in a
more planned scenario. We are doing many drastic things and working hard in America to
save lives and all of it is important, but without improving prevention efforts, without
fully educating our youth to hinder the growth of demand, we will never stifle supply.
We’re not spending prevention dollars where we need to and on what works. If this
continues, the pandemic will worsen and millions will die unnecessarily.
There are drones of Americans who are genuinely concerned about the drug epidemic.
This is evidenced by over a billion dollars being donated, allocated, and spent on drug
prevention each year. Thank you concerned citizens.
Sadly, the number of teens having diminished coping skills and pacifying themselves with
drugs continues to grow. How could this be? How can more people become addicted
under the care of professionals having access to the scholarly reports that compare what
works and what does not? In the presence of this wealth of information, we continue to
put more than 70% of our prevention funding on the models that simply do not work. We
have gotten it so blatantly wrong that even the mildest conspiracy theorist would be
swayed to believe that this must be some intentional act of social negligence.
So, can we talk about the elephant in the room? Addiction and addictive behavior will
never go away. The vices will continue to change, but the threat of addiction will always
remain. What tools do we have to manage the threat of addiction? What are our
bestknown prevention tools?
The most popular, most practiced, and most funded intervention is the Information
Model of drug prevention. This is the practice of prov