Drug and alcohol use is one of the leading causes of injury and death among young people. It has also been linked to lower test scores, lower rates of high school graduation, increased rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancy.
The good news? There are effective prevention programs that can help individuals delay and prevent the use of drugs and alcohol. Research has shown that these interventions can be highly successful in helping children and teens create a positive understanding of themselves, that can lead to a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Western Queens Prevention Services (WQPS) is a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) licensed program affiliated with Mental Health Providers of Western Queens, Inc.
Using evidence based tools and engaging cost-free programs, WQPS works to strengthen individuals' resilience, enhance their motivation to succeed, and help them to make well informed choices to delay and prevent the use of drugs and alcohol. With a focus on community needs, evidence-based practices, and cultural competence we approach prevention from multiple angles in English and Spanish.