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Drugs: Shatter the Myths – This booklet answers teens’ most frequently asked questions about drugs and drug abuse. Also available as an animated booklet. Published by: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens, March 2015
Prescription Drugs: They Can Help But Also Hurt: Not Worth the Risk – This brochure describes for teens the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. It lists warning signs of prescription drug misuse and offers advice on receiving help. Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), December 2012
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask – Family and friends can play important roles in motivating people with drug problems to enter and remain in treatment. However, trying to identify the right treatment programs for a loved one can be a difficult process. To help, NIDA created this brief guide containing five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program. Published by: NIDA for Teens, June 2013
Intervention eBook – This online resource helps parents and caregivers know what to do if their child is drinking or using drugs. Published by: Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction, n.d.
Parent Resource Library – This website provides a library of eBooks and guides for parents. Published by: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, n.d.
Talking to Kids When They Need Help – This fact sheet offers tips to parents in starting a conversation and understanding what is going on in their children and teen’s lives. Published by: American Psychological Association (APA), April 9, 2020
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Sedatives – This fact sheet provides facts about sedatives. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2020
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Stimulants – This fact sheet provides facts about stimulants. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis. Published by: SAMHSA, 2020
Growing up Drug-Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention – This guide includes an overview of substance use among youth; descriptions of substances young people may use; a look at risk factors that may make kids more vulnerable to trying and using drugs, and protective factors to offset those risks; suggestions for how to talk to children about drugs, regardless of their age; and tips on what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Published by: United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), April 27, 2017
Keeping Youth Drug Free – This resource guide for parents offers advice on keeping children substance free. Review statistics about adolescent substance use and learn tips on good communication. The guide also features substance facts and case studies for additional insight. Published by:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),September 2017
Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Misuse Medicine – Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents do not know enough about this problem, and many teens do not understand the dangers. This guide helps parents understand this problem and identify the medications teens are abusing. Published by: DEA, n.d.
Student Assistance: A Guide for School Administrators – The purpose of the guide is to provide school leaders and administrators with key information regarding student assistance services for substance use and mental health initiatives. Published by: SAMHSA, October 2019
Substance Use Prevention: A Resource Guide for School Staff – Evidence-based prevention programs, delivered in school settings, can be a valuable way to reduce drug use among youth and help them succeed academically. The resources included in this guide are available free from the federal government and can help educators protect students and schools from the impact of illicit substance use and abuse. Published by: Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), n.d.
The Parent’s 20-Minute Guide – This resource provides guidance to parents on how to help their child who is using substances. Published by: The Center for Motivation and Change, 2017
Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty – This poster provides a graphic tour of how the body is affected by various drugs of abuse. Includes an annotated “body” poster along with six skills sheets. Published by: NIDA for Teens, March 2015
Keep the Ball in Your Court. Know the Risks – Unfortunately, high school student-athletes can be especially vulnerable to prescription painkiller misuse. This poster encourages teens, parents and other caregivers, and educators to know the risks around misusing pain pills. Published by: United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), n.d.
Minority Male Youth and Men – In 2011, the American Psychological Association (APA) approved the support of a health disparities initiative as an activity of its recently adopted strategic plan. A multidisciplinary working group was formed and charged with preparing a report that summarizes critical factors contributing to health disparities in boys and men vulnerable to poorer health and negative life outcomes. This report includes recommendations for action. Published by: American Psychological Association (APA), 2018
Building on Strengths: Tools for Improve Positive Outcomes – This tool is intended to help state- and local-level prevention practitioners identify effective and innovative programs that provide opportunities to, and improve outcomes for, boys and young men of color. Published by: SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, January 2016
Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT – Y) – A tool designed for youth aged 15-21 years who currently are in or in the past have had contact with the child welfare system. Published by: Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, n.d.
Rural Youth Engagement Toolkit – The content contained in this tool kit was created to address substance misuse in rural communities through the meaningful engagement and involvement of rural youth in the process to enact lasting change that will contribute to healthy and safe communities throughout America. Published by: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, February 27, 2020
“During Meetings I Can’t Stand It When …” – This tip sheet helps meeting facilitators and team members address common issues that occur during team meetings in order to promote meaningful youth participation. Published by: Pathways to Positive Futures, August 2019
“Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment” with Sarah Bagley, M.D. – In this video, Sarah Bagley, MD shares the importance of addressing substance use during adolescence and the most effective approaches to treating addiction, including opioid addiction. Dr. Bagley draws on her experience as the Medical Director of CATALYST, an addiction treatment clinic for teens and young adults at Boston Medical Center, to discuss why young adulthood is a time when many people begin experimenting with alcohol and/or drugs. Published by: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)/Office of Population Affairs, n.d.
Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs – This video is about how addiction changes the signals in a person’s brain and makes it hard to feel okay without the drug. Published by:NIDA for Teens, n.d.
Choose Your Path videos and teacher’s guide Choose Your Path videos – These are interactive videos that help teens practice making the right decision by stepping into the shoes of two fictional characters.
Breaking Points – This is a 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including abusing prescription stimulants. Published by: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, n.d.
CRAFT video series – This video series that helps bring the principles of CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) to life via real families who have been there and for whom the skills and practices of CRAFT were a game changer. Published by: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, n.d.
Get Smart About Drugs – This is a video library of produced videos from the United State DEA and youth about opioids and prevention of OUDs, opioid overdose, and opioid overdose fatalities. Published by: United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), various
Out of Reach – This is a documentary created by a teen filmmaker who captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as it exists in his world. Published by: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, n.d.
Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit? – Viewers can learn what happens with addiction and why it is so hard to quit by watching this video. Published by: NIDA for Teens, n.d.
How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling – Listen as three psychologists speak frankly with parents and educators about how to recognize when a youth is struggling, and what to do about it when you know a child or teen needs help. Published by: American Psychological Association (APA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), May 5, 2014
Campus Drug Prevention – This website institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities with these resources to prevent drug abuse among college students. The site promotes the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation’s colleges and universities. Published by: Campus Drug Prevention, n.d.
Get Smart About Drugs – This is a resource for parents, educators, and caregivers. Published by:United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), n.d.
Help End Medicine Abuse – This is an action campaign to learn how to safeguard your family and community from the devastation of heroin and other opioids and the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Published by: Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction, n.d.
NIDA for Teens – This site provides science-based information on teen drug use and its effects. This site contains videos, games, lesson plans, fact sheets and numerous other resources for teens, parents, and educators. Published by:NIDA for Teens, September 18, 2019
OK2TALK.org – OK2TALK is an online community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they are experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope. Published by: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), n.d.
Prescription Drugs – This website provides an FAQ on prescription drugs for teens. Published by: NIDA for Teens, n.d.
Preventing an Opioid Overdose – This opioid overdose card offers tips to understanding the signs of an overdose to help save a life. Published by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), n.d.
Stop Youth Opioid Abuse – This brochure addresses campus-age use about opioid abuse prevention. Published by: Campus Drug Prevention, n.d.
The Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction – This brochure informs patients about buprenorphine and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. It describes addiction and withdrawal, how buprenorphine works, its proper use, its side effects, and how it fits with counseling in the recovery process. Published by: SAMHSA, 2014
Tips for Teens: Opioids – This fact sheet for teens provides facts about opioids. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of opioid use. The fact sheet helps to dispel common myths about opioids. Treatment access sources are also cited in the fact sheet. Published by: SAMHSA, May 2019
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Hallucinogens – This fact sheet provides facts about hallucinogens. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis. Published by: SAMHSA, March 2020
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin – This fact sheet provides facts about heroin for teens. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of heroin use. It helps to dispel common myths about heroin. Treatment access sources are also cited in the fact sheet. Published by: SAMHSA, 2018
Continuing Care ebook – This guide covers all parents and caregivers need to know about how to best support their child after he or she finishes addiction treatment. Published by: Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction, n.d.
Opioid Facts for Teens – This brochure provides facts to teens, so they can make smart choices and be their best self. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) hopes teens will use this brochure to share information about opioids with their friends, parents, teachers, and others. Published by: NIDA for Teens, September 14, 2017
Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy – This fact sheet highlights some important things to know, about OUD and pregnancy, as well as the Do’s and Don’ts for making sure you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Published by: SAMHSA, August 2018
Treating Babies Who Were Exposed to Opioids Before Birth – This fact sheet outlines some important things to know about what to expect if your baby needs special care after birth, as well as the Do’s and Don’ts for understanding and responding to your baby’s needs. Published by: SAMHSA, August 2018
Opioid Addiction Treatment – This patient guide includes information on assessment, a treatment overview (including treatment plans, patient participation, and counseling), and all the medications available to treatment opioid use and overdose. It also provides links to find a provider and support groups for patients and families. Published by: American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), 2016
Prescription Opioids and Heroin – This double-sided handout can be given to and discussed with patients during the brief intervention. Side one contains information on prescription opioids and heroin, including mixing opioids with other substances, risks of opioid use, how to safeguard prescription opioids, steps to take if using opioids, and tips for quitting. Side two describes the effects of opioid misuse on the body. Published by: Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), n.d.
Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder – This online tool is for people who want information about the role of medications in treating OUDs. You can use this tool to help you learn about MAT, compare your treatment options, decide which options are best for you and your recovery, and discuss your preferences with your provider. There is also an accompanying handbook available for download. Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), n.d.
PAOPP Toolkit – This is guide for schools, parents, youth, and communities and invites them to learn more about opioid misuse and promote prevention, safety, and wellness in their communities. Published by: Public Health Management Corporation, March 2, 2020
Opioid Overdose Deaths Go Up for New Moms after Childbirth. Here’s Why. – This video and article provide insight into OUD and pregnant women as well as women post-natal. While addressing the road to recovery for expectant mothers and mothers post-natal, Medicaid loopholes are discussed. With OUDs increasing among pregnant women, a shift in recovery focus is needed in states across the United States. Published by: VICE News, 2019
Opioids – This section of the NIDA website provides links to many resources related to opioids, research, treatment, research summaries and publications. Published by: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), n.d.
Opioid Basics – This website provides important information regarding the opioid epidemic that’s designed for non-health professionals and ideal for community and faith-based organizations. Includes helpful commonly used terms. Published by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), December 19, 2018
Opioids and Adolescents – This webpage provides information about the prevalence of adolescent opioid misuse, risk and protective factors, how to prevent opioid misuse, and how to get help. Published by: U.S. Health and Human Services (HH)S/Office of Population Affairs
Opioid Facts for Teens – This webpage, which offers downloadable brochures, includes a letter from Director Nora Volkow, MD and linkages to current relevant Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) publications specific to youth and opioids. Published by: NIDA for Teens, July 2018
Parents: Facts on Teen Drug Use – This website provides information to help parents talk with their teens about drugs and their effects and learn where to go to get help. Published by: NIDA for Teens, August 2, 2019
PA Opioid Prevention Project – The PA Opioid Prevention Project is a state-wide multi-media, opioid misuse prevention campaign targeting youth ages 14-18. Published by: Public Health Management Corporation, n.d.
PAStop.org – Information on this website can be downloaded and distributed about opioids in Pennsylvania. Published by: Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, n.d.
Discussion Guide – This guide for parents accompanies the videos found at www.opioids.thetruth.com. Published by: The Truth, n.d.
Defining Our Own Recovery: Strategic Sharing and Recovery Messaging for Young People – This recorded virtual event explores experiences of young people in recovery who share their stories to create change. Recovery movement leaders share ideas about maximizing impact and minimizing risk when telling personal stories. Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale (BRSS TACS), February 23, 2017
Recovery Supports for Young Adults – This recorded webinar discusses what recovery supports need to be in place and offered to young adults. Published by: SAMHSA BRSS TACS, July 24, 2013
Supports and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery – This recorded virtual event defines recovery for LGBTQ youth and discuss successful recovery models that enhance and are protective factors, and steps to take to enhance their recovery. Published by: SAMHSA BRSS TACS, May 8, 2014
No Longer Alone – This comic book features three women living with mental illness and substance use disorder conditions who have improved their quality of life after receiving treatment. Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), October 2013
People Recover – This comic book tells the story of people living with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. It presents a hopeful message recovery and provides resources for more information. Published by SAMHSA, May 2013
Opiate Use Disorders and Suicide: A Hidden Tragedy – This article was written by the President of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Maria Oquendo. It establishes that more research may need to be done on the correlation between pain and suicide. However, the article does include some statistics providing insight into rates between men and women and how these rates are impacted by OUD- including the increase in suicide by those with OUD. Published by: National Safety Council, August 29, 2018
A Journey Toward Health and More – This booklet is a guide to help you take the first steps toward recovery after your suicide attempt. The tools and stories contained come from the experiences of others, some named, some anonymous, who have survived a suicide attempt. It is our hope that their experiences can help you keep yourself safe, develop hope, and, most importantly, remind you that you are not alone. Published by: Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), August 2018
Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health – This publication is designed for school administrators, teachers, nurses, support staff, parents, and others interested in promoting parent engagement. Each has different but important roles and responsibilities to play in engaging parents in school health activities. Published by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), November 2012
Youth Mental Health First Aid – The course teaches how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. It is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Published by: Mental Health First Aid and National Council for Behavioral Health
Helping Your Child Feel Connected to School – This fact sheet provides information for parents and families to help children feel connected to school. Published by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention; and the Division of Adolescent and School Health, July 2009
Help a Friend in Need – This is a fact sheet about possible warning signs of emotional distress. Published by: Jed Foundation, Facebook, Instagram, and The Clinton Foundation, 2014
Preventing Suicide – This is a fact sheet about preventing suicide. Published by: CDC, 2018
What to Do if You’re Concerned About Your Teen’s Mental Health: A Conversation Guide – This guide is meant to help parents and families who are concerned about their teen’s mental health and emotional well-being have important conversations with their child. Although parents often pick up on concerning signs that their teen is struggling, not everyone feels well-equipped to approach their child to have a conversation about how they are feeling. Knowing what to do after the conversation, especially if the child has expressed something concerning, is not always obvious. Published by: Jed Foundation, n.d.
Teen Suicide Prevention: We Can Help Us – As part of a suicide prevention campaign, this poster reminds teens that others have had similar feelings and there are ways to get through it. It urges teens to visit the reachout.com website to hear stories from others. The poster comes flat and is 23.5 inches x 17 inches. Published by: SAMHSA, June 2010
Mood 24/7 – uses text messages and a secure website to help people log and track their moods. It provides an easy way to record how you are feeling and tracks your daily moods to share with friends, family, or a health professional. Published by: Remedy Health Media, 2019
Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers – Each teen grieves in unique ways. After a sudden or violent death some teens may develop traumatic grief responses and have difficulty coping. This tip sheet offers ways to recognize and help teens with traumatic grief. Published by: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), n.d.
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools – This toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), June 2012
Seize the Awkward – This video series addresses how to recognize signs your friend may be struggling, how to begin a conversation with your friend and learn what to say, and offer help after the conversation. Published by: Ad Council, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Jed Foundation, 2019
Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) – TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health, including physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health. The goal of TAG is simple: to spark actions that can support the healthy development of all of America’s adolescents. TAG offers concrete roles and responsibilities for stakeholders who have direct contact with adolescents and influence among them, including professionals from out-of-school, community-based, faith-based, education, healthcare, public health, and social service settings. Published by: Youth.gov, n.d.
Girlshealth.gov – A website offering guidance to teenage girls, including recognizing a mental health problem, getting help, and talking to parents. Published by: Office of Women’s Health, n.d.
Sources of Strength – This website a best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Published by: Sources of Strength, n.d.
You Can Fight Suicide – This website offers education and resources to those affected by suicide. Published by: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2019
Youth Mental Health: Trends and Outlook – This infographic explores mental health trends among youth, teens, and youth adults, including rising rates of mental illness and suicide. Published by: National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, January 2020