The Handbook of Adolescent Drug Use Prevention: Research, Intervention Strategies, and Practice was edited by Lawrence M. Scheier and published by the American Psychological Association in 2015. This book was dedicated to Howard B. Kaplan, a professional who studied the origins of social deviance.
In writing this book, the editor focused on the impact of drug abuse vis-à-vis individuals and communities at large insofar as psychological, physical, social, and economic impacts. The idea in mind is to prevent the abuse of drugs before it negatively impacts society at large. Additionally, this text strongly underlines the importance of preventing drug abuse before it negatively impacts society at large, particularly among the adolescent population. This book also implies that practitioners, researchers, and policy makers need to focus on addiction prevention, early intervention, and effective treatment approaches. It also highlights the positive role of prevention strategies, which have proven to be effective in the last several decades. Moreover, drug prevention efforts can be effective not only at individual levels but at a society level as well.
This book is based on nine sections: (1) Historical Trends in Drug Prevention, (2) Epidemiology and Etiology with Focus on the Risk and Protective Factors, (3) Prevention vis-à-vis Conduct Disorders, (4) School-Based Drug Use Prevention Programs, (5) Family-Based Drug Use Prevention Programs, (6) Prevention from an Environmental and Policy Perspective, (7) Media Campaigns and Their Impact, (8) Evaluations of Drug Use Prevention with Focus on Modeling Behavioral Change and Program Effects, and (9) Dissemination of Best Practices.
The selection of contributors was quite broad and included PhDs, MPHs, PSYDs, BAs, MDs, MPEs, ScDs, MAs, MSWs, ABPPs, NCSPs, FAAHBs, and FAPAs; that is, from a variety of expertise, knowledge, interests, perspectives, and ideologies. Obviously, all of these different professional perspectives added to this book a wide range of expertise, ideologies, and backgrounds. I additionally think that this variety of knowledge added a very positive perspective to this book. I also positively think that the “Preface” section of this book focused on a series of excellent topics which added an excellent perspective to this book.
The excellent sections of this book also provide a set of references which positively added to the value of this test. Finally, the 30 chapters included in this book addressed excellent perspectives to the topics that were covered.
Finally, I strongly recommend this book not only to professionals interested and dedicated to the field of addiction but also to anyone with interest in the topic of addiction at large, especially with focus on “adolescent drug use prevention.”
Pedro Ruiz, MD
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
The author declares no conflict of interest.