Community Action FAQs

Q. What tools are available online to the community to assist in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse?

A. The Center has a variety of tools available online to assist the community in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. Within this web site, these tools include a project directory containing a summary of the many projects currently under study at the center; a publications directory which can provide more detailed information about a specific topic, written by a PRC staff member; several multi-media presentations containing valuable and detailed information concerning the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse; and a resource guide providing additional information including a directory of government and non-profit organizations dedicated to alcohol- and drug-related issues.

In addition, one of the most valuable and useful tools we can provide to the community is direct access to the scientists and support staff responsible for the research conducted at the Prevention Research Center. Any staff member can be contacted directly by telephone or e-mail by proceeding to the biography section for the desired staff member in the Staff and Fellows Directory.

Q. What is the PRC Resource Link?

A. The Resource Link for Community Action is a new web site of the Prevention Research Center dedicated to providing information and practical guidance to state and community agencies and organizations, policy makers, and the general public who are interested in combating alcohol and other drug abuse and misuse. The materials on the web site are based on the scientific research and analysis of the Center. At this web site, visitors can learn more about current and recently completed projects, access useful documents published by the Center, and review an extensive library of prevention resources.

Q. As a community leader, what are some of the immediate prevention actions I can initiate to address the alcohol and drug issues in my community?

A. There are several immediate prevention actions a community leader can initiate to address the potential alcohol and drug issues facing a community. The first and most important step is to initiate a dialogue between the members of the community to determine what segments of the community are at risk for alcohol and drug abuse. This can be done by involving other community members including local health and law enforcement officials, church leaders, education officials, and concerned citizens in community panels and discussions. Once it is determined what problems are of special local concern, a community leader can contact the many government and non-profit organizations available to provide assistance including the Prevention Research Center. Together, with the involvement and cooperation of the community, a strategy can be developed and implemented to assist those most at-risk with alcohol and drug abuse.

Q. How can I contact the Prevention Research Center for additional information about the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse?

A. The staff of the Prevention Research Center is available 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer any initial questions and direct you to the appropriate staff member for additional information. The Center can also be contacted via email at and a staff member will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.