February 2018. Snijder M, Stockings E, Munro A, Barrett E, Knight A, Doyle M, Shakeshaft A, Hall W.
This review summarises the evidence on alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention and early intervention programs targeting vulnerable young people aged between 12–17 years old. Programs were included if they aimed to prevent or delay initiation, reduce use, or minimise the harms associated with substance use. The review identified critical components of programs as well as the characteristics of participants. While several activities were identified as being effective, evidence for specific strategies was varied with no strong evidence for one solution over another. The authors outline a number of policy and practice implications, including the need for more rigorous evaluations to strengthen the evidence base.