The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) serves as the National focal point for efforts to identify and promote effective strategies to prevent substance abuse — whether drugs of abuse, misuse of legal medications, use of tobacco, or excessive or illegal use of alcohol, problems intrinsically linked to other serious national problems such as crime, violence, rising health care costs, academic failure, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, and low work productivity. To that end, CSAP programs seek to prevent youth from starting to use substances, to delay the age at which substance use may begin, and to prevent use from becoming dependence. As the sole Federal agency with this charge, CSAP's goal is to provide all Americans the tools and knowledge they need to help reject substance abuse by strengthening families and communities, and disseminating evidence-based knowledge of what interventions work best for which people. CSAP connects people and resources to innovative ideas and strategies, and encourages efforts to reduce and eliminate alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug problems both in the United States and internationally.
The Center's work spans three specific goals: effectiveness, capacity building, and accountability. To address ways to move knowledge to practices, CSAP supports the development, evaluation, and dissemination of known effective prevention programs as models to be adopted and adapted. To make services available and to meet new and emerging needs, CSAP programs help build capacity and infrastructure at the State and local levels. CSAP also supports the SAMHSA National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), which can be reached toll-free at 800- 729-6686 or on the Internet at www.samhsa.gov
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