Program Areas

Drug Abuse Education and Prevention

Drug abuse is a significant public health and public policy issue because of the economic, social, and personal costs of addiction. What is more, emergent drugs of abuse, particularly prescription drugs, are challenging the effectiveness of existing prevention paradigms and the manner in which they are studied. As a result, there have been strong calls from public health officials and public policy makers to find innovative methods to increase the effective delivery of prevention programs and methods to measure their impact and cost-effectiveness in combating drug abuse.

The KDHRC program on Drug Abuse Education and Prevention investigates emerging trends in substance abuse and measures the effectiveness of multiple mechanisms, including social marketing, universal school-based prevention, and science education, to reach people with persuasive information on the risks of drug use.

Current Initiatives

POP-D: Proper Use Of Prescription Drugs

Proper Use of Prescription Drugs (POP-D) is a science education based curriculum to prevent prescription drug abuse for seventh and eighth grade students. Read More

Attitude Boost: Improving attitudes toward science

Attitude Boost (AB), funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seeks to increase students' positive attitudes toward science, with the goal of improving scientific literacy and academic performance on science subjects, particularly those related to drug abuse education and prevention.
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SecuRx.com

KDHRC received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop SecuRx.com, a website to help schools develop comprehensive prescription drug diversion prevention programs. 
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Publications

Research Briefs

Resonant prescription drug abuse prevention messages for teens

Christine B. Agnew, Eric C.Twombly, & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC
August 2009: Number 6
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Recommendations to prevent teen misuse of prescription drugs

Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC & Eric C. Twombly, Georgia State University
July 2008: Number 5
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Using science-based education to prevent drug and alcohol abuse by elementary school students

Eric C. Twombly, Georgia State University & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC
June 2008: Number 4
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How attitudes affect student learning about drugs of abuse

Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC & Eric C. Twombly, Georgia State University
May 2008: Number 3
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A science education curriculum to curb youth drug use: implications for practice and public policy

Eric C. Twombly, Georgia State University & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC
November 2007: Number 2
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Working Papers

Exploring the geographical diffusion of prescription drug misuse by teens

Eric C. Twombly, Arienne S. Wyatt, & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC, & Greta K. Tessman, Emerson College
December 2010: Working Paper 10-002
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Multimedia science education on drugs of abuse: a preliminary evaluation of effectiveness for adolescents

Eric C. Twombly, Georgia State University, Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC & Greta K. Tessman, Emerson College and Tufts University
August 2007: Working Paper 07-003
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A preliminary evaluation of the effects of a science-education curriculum on changes in knowledge of drugs in youth

Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC & Eric C. Twombly, Georgia State University
August 2007: Working Paper 07-001
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