PreventionIn the field of prevention, the Pompidou Group identifies new approaches and technologies in achieving more effective and widespread impact with prevention efforts.

Innovative drug misuse prevention targeting young people, youth participation and involvement of families, promoting healthy lifestyles, comprehensive assessment and evaluation are among focus of activities in the multi-faceted field of prevention. Special attention is given to local realities of prevention in order to identify the most effective and practical solutions to specific trends.

Drug prevention requires comprehensive and long-term view because it takes place in an environment of multiple and interlinked factors and addresses a range of needs. The evaluation of drug prevention should focus on defining and promulgating quality standards for project and programmes and their implementation, and on eliminating the programmes and practices that clearly do not work or make things worse.