Today the National Institute on Drug Abuse launched its online guide indicating how critical the first eight years of a child’s life are when it comes to substance abuse prevention. The guide, entitled Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood, comes as the fourth guide in a series of evidence-based principle programs. Beginning in pregnancy and through the eighth year of life, early intervention and strong parenting technique can provide positive self-regulation and development. A child’s ability to cope with life’s stresses, which often comes out of a stable home environment with supportive family, will improve the likelihood of preventing substance abuse problems.

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