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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2012
DHHS Releases Substance Abuse Prevention Plan
Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has released a statewide prevention strategic plan to reduce substance abuse and its consequences in the state.
“Drug abuse, including underage drinking and the abuse of prescription medications, affects the health and well-being of people of all ages,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “Prevention and intervention strategies have the potential to reduce the negative impacts that substance abuse can have on our society—everything from failing school to accidents at work, to family friction, to deaths from drunk driving.”
The division provides prevention funding to six behavioral health regions. Each has a regional prevention coordinator who works with community coalitions to develop strategies related to the strategic plan goals or other needs of the community. DHHS, the regions, community partners and other stakeholders played a key role in developing the plan.
The prevention strategic plan sets goals for issues such as reducing the prevalence of underage drinking, binge drinking and prescription drug abuse. All of the goals set in the plan are to be achieved by June 30, 2017.
The prevention plan will serve as the basis for promoting safe and healthy environments that foster youth, family and community development through the implementation of early intervention and prevention best practices.