Prevention First was first known as the Illinois Prevention Resource Center, created in 1980 to address the alarming increase in youth drug use occurring at the time.  In 1987, PRC incorporated as a non-profit organization and changed its name to Prevention First in 1994.

Since then, Prevention First has trained hundreds of schools and community groups in use of effective substance abuse prevention programs and practices, opened the state’s first training and resource center to help schools establish effective Student Assistance Programs, and became the fiscal agent for Illinois’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). We have also trained hundreds of healthcare professionals in educating women regarding the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant.

Today, Prevention First is Illinois’ ONLY nonprofit resource center specializing in preventing alcohol and other drug use among youth and pregnant women.