Youth Educational Resources
YOR California

A Joint Effort by the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. and funded by the California Department of Health Care Services Community Services Division​

OUD Education Materials Comprehensive List


The following are some selected public education resources for youth, parents, friends, and educators related to the prevention, treatment, and recovery of OUDs among youth. This list will be updated on a quarterly basis. For a list of additional resources, download the YOR California comprehensive collection of OUD educational materials.

Drug Abuse Prevention


Campus Drug Prevention – This website provides 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.

OUD Prevention, Intervention, Treatment​

Fact Sheet

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. Access sources are also cited in the fact sheet.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 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


Know the Truth Video Series – A series of videos about individual’s recovery from opioid story.
Chris’ Story
Amy Story
Kyles Story
Joe’s Story
Published by: The Truth, n.d.

Signs and Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose – A video demonstration of the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and what to do.
Published by: National Safety Council, August 29, 2018


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: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens, September 18, 2019

Opioids – This section of the NIDA website provides links to many resources related to opioids, research, treatment, research summaries and publications.
Published by: NIDA, n.d.

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, July 2018

Depression/Suicide Prevention

Fact Sheet

Understanding Depression – Youth Adults: Get the Facts – This fact sheet offers young adults information on living with depression. It discusses causes of depression and approaches to treatment.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2017


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 website to hear stories from others. The poster comes flat and is 23.5 inches x 17 inches.
Published by: SAMHSA, n.d.

Text Messaging

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’re feeling and tracks your daily moods to share with friends, family, or a health professional.
Published by: Remedy Health Media, 2019

Website – 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.