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The Role of Media Literacy Education in Substance Abuse Prevention

As youth today are exposed to more media images depicting and glamorizing substance use than in the past, media literacy education is a logical and necessary prevention strategy. Media literacy education programs teach children to evaluate and filter through the hundreds of media messages they see and hear every day. Media literacy education, even in small doses, has been shown to be an effective school-based intervention for reducing substance use outcomes at different developmental periods.  For more information, read about the findings from evaluations of the Media Detective (elementary school) and Media Ready (middle school) programs.