The Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use aims to address the need for knowledgeable and competent professionals working in the prevention field. This training series is designed to meet the current demand for an evidence-based curriculum for substance use prevention that would complement the existing Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC) for addiction treatment professionals.
It has been developed for managers and supervisors of government programs and community-based organizations as well as prevention practitioners for working in evidence-based prevention at the grassroots level.
The development of the UPC is in accordance with science-based information and skills-based prevention training, and founded on the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is written by prevention researchers who are specialists in substance use epidemiology and evaluation, and in prevention strategies that are delivered to families; within schools, workplace and community; and through the media and regulatory policies. The primary thrust is on evidence-based interventions and policies, and implementation quality and sustainability.