It is a myth that all teens will experiment with substance use.

Reducing Rates of Adult SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS Must Begin with Youth Prevention

For a Healthy Brain Teens Make “One Choice”

Many teens are confronted with drugs at some point during their teenage years. Be it at school, at home or with friends, teens have One Choice to make: to use or not to use alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs. This site provides information about why not using any drugs is the best choice for health. Read more about the One Choice.

More Youth are Making this One Choice than Ever Before

At left Robert L. DuPont, MD, President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, and Sharon Levy, MD, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital, discuss their study showing positive long-term trends in the number of adolescents who refrain from using any alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana or other drugs. 


How Do You Really Keep Your Kids Safe From Addiction? Watch 10 things parents can do to help keep their kids safe from addiction from Addiction Policy Forum. More on prevention.


At a time when the nation is searching for ways to save lives from opioid and other drug overdoses as well as how to reduce the burden of addiction on individuals, families and communities, Robert L. DuPont, MD has written Chemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemicfor parents, teachers, physicians and for everyone afflicted by addiction. The book also guides leaders in public policy and planning positions, as well as drug abuse treatment. Dr. DuPont is President of the Institute for Behavior and Health and served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Chemical Slavery covers two crucial topics: First, the national drug epidemic including an understanding of its evolution to become a national emergency, and the science of addiction and recovery. Second, Dr. DuPont presents his experience-based guide to the intimate, day-to-day struggle with the disease of addiction from prevention to lasting recovery. This book shows the ways in which these two domains of addiction, the national and the personal, are intertwined and can be both understood and managed. More resources.

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IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD speaks at a RyeAct Parents' Meeting about the important role of parents in youth substance use prevention [published by RyeTV].

Dr. DuPont's corresponding presentation slides.

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Alex Berenson recently discussed his new book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence at a presentation co-sponsored by IBH at the Heritage Foundation. View the video here.

We cannot let e-cigarettes become an on-ramp for teenage addiction

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and FDA Commisioner Scott Gottlieb recently issued a national wake-up call via an op-ed in the Washington Post, calling the terrifying recent spike in e-cigarrette use by teens “an epidemic” and emphasizing one of the key messages of the One Choice initiative: that the surge “is alarming because nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development, which continues into young adulthood.” Read more.

Parents and student peers can help prevent high school opioid use

In a column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Richard Lord draws on national drug abuse experts to explore ways parents and students can help prevent teen drug use, and calls attention to the One Choice initiative. Read more.

negative long-term effects of heavy Marijuana use on brain function and behavior

Photo by NIDA

Photo by NIDA

A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging finds that "Young people with cannabis dependence have altered brain function that may be the source of emotional disturbances and increased psychosis risk …he alterations were most pronounced in people who started using cannabis at a young age." Read more.

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