Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance abuse prevention programs are designed to reduce substance dependence and the damage it causes in communities, schools and the workplace. The goal is to reduce problems caused by substance use by cutting back their demand, supply and availability, and to promote health, safety and wellbeing.

Substance abuse prevention work covers alcohol, drugs and tobacco, as well as other substances used for intoxication. Gambling addiction and other functional addictions are also discussed.

Substance abuse prevention is carried out by influencing:

  • information, attitudes and rights concerning substance use
  • protection against substance use, and risk factors related with it

To whom and on what terms

The services are free of charge

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Basic information and legislation

The purpose of preventive substance abuse work is to prevent and reduce the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, nicotine products and other intoxicating substances as well as the harm they cause to the user and their family and friends. Preventive substance abuse work also applies to gambling. Its aim is to promote health, safety and wellbeing.

Preventive substance abuse work includes early-stage substance abuse and gambling interventions, the identification of problems, such as addiction or abuse, and referrals to support services.

Wellbeing services counties, municipalities, associations, companies, the police and other state authorities work together to prevent substance abuse.