About MPRC

About the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center

The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center works to reduce the impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse by enhancing the capacity of Minnesota’s substance abuse prevention professionals. To achieve this goal, MPRC provides technical assistance, professional development, research assistance, and resources to people working on substance abuse prevention in Minnesota. The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center is a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division and hosted by the Association for Nonsmokers – MN.

MPRC has provided services to the residents of Minnesota for over 30 years through the development of community campaigns, providing resources, facilitating trainings and events throughout the state, providing research assistance and library materials, and supporting people who work to promote public health and prevent the problems caused by substance abuse. This includes tobacco and drug use, underage alcohol use and the misuse of alcohol by adults.

We recognize that our website will not answer every question you may have. If you are a Minnesota resident looking for information about alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use, or if you want to know what works in prevention, please call (651) 646-3005.


Training & Events

Each year, MPRC sponsors the annual Prevention Program Sharing Conference in St. Cloud. This event is an exemplary 2-day learning opportunity that brings together prevention professionals from all over the state. We also provide the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainings (SAPST) three times each year. The SAPST curriculum is designed to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the prevention field.


MPRC has an on-staff Prevention Research Specialist (librarian) who helps fulfill research requests. A sample of questions received include:

  • What is the most recent information on effects of marijuana use?
  • How does underage drinking effect a community?
  • Where can I find information for parents on how to talk to their kids about drugs?

Our library has access to books, training manuals, articles, and journals. The Prevention Research Specialist can assist with finding materials regarding research, grants, and other ATOD resources.


MPRC produces and distributes the MN Prev newsletter. This email communication reaches over 400 subscribers and provides information on upcoming events, resources, funding opportunities, job openings, and other resources that are related to prevention.