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Welcome to the Idaho RADAR Center

The Idaho RADAR Center provides free information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to Idaho residents only. It includes a Video Lending Library of over 900 titles and functions as a statewide information clearinghouse and resource referral center.

RADAR Center Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drop-ins are welcome!

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    The Ultimate Party Foul

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council launch their first-ever public service campaign, targeting underage drinking and driving.

  • Boise State Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction
    Administered by the Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction

    The Center, a Boise State University program, is administered by the Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction in conjunction with the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences.

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    We are located in the Chrisway Annex Building

    The Chrisway Annex, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, is located on the corner of University and Chrisway Drive.

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    Buzzed. Busted. Broke.

    Make the pledge to not drive buzzed. "Even just one too many drinks can impair my driving and lead to devastating consequences. It’s just not worth it. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so I’m going to make sure I make responsible choices that don’t endanger myself and others."

  • National Recovery Month
    National Recovery Month

    Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.

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    September is FASD Awareness Month

    This month marks the annual observance of FASD Awareness Month, and NOFAS has a full slate of activities planned throughout September to draw attention to the disabilities associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm human development before birth.

China Announces Scheduling Controls of New Psychoactive Substances/Fentanyl-Class Substances

JUN 20 – (Washington, D.C.) – China’s National Narcotics Control Commission today announced scheduling controls against four new psychoactive substances/fentanyl-class substances – U-47700, MT-45, PMMA, and 4,4′ DMAR. The scheduling controls will take effect on July 1, 2017. This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit new psychoactive substances.

“Fentanyl compounds are a large and deadly portion of the current opioid crisis. The Chinese scheduling actions will help save lives, and I truly appreciate these important steps,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “Our countries need to continue to work together on this epidemic, however and wherever possible.”

DEA and Chinese officials have met regularly to discuss the threat from fentanyl class substances. Representatives from the China National Narcotics Laboratory, the Narcotics Control Bureau, and the Ministry of Public Security met with DEA officials to exchange information on emerging substances scientific data, trafficking trends, and sample exchanges. This dialogue resulted in improved methods for identifying and submitting deadly substances for government control.

U-47700 a synthetic opioid, also known as “pink,” has no medical use and was emergency scheduled (Scheduled I) in the United States on November 14, 2016.

China’s National Narcotics Control Commission previously controlled four fentanyl-class substances – carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl which took effect on March 1, 2017

New Dangerous Opioid Mix Called “Gray Death” Blamed for Deaths in Three States

A new combination of opioids, known as “Gray Death,” is being blamed for deaths in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio, the Associated Press reports. The combination includes heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” said Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Kilcrease said people using the drug are not aware of its ingredients or their concentrations. Simply touching the powder can put a person at risk, she added.

Gray death looks like concrete mix. It varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder, the article notes. It is much more potent than heroin, according to the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. People use the drug by injecting, swallowing, smoking or snorting it.

DEA Issues Nationwide Warning on Carfentanil

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide warning to the public and law enforcement about human use of the potent animal opioid
08-11-cal-carfentanilcanadianpress-png-size-xxlarge-promo sedative carfentanil, one of the strongest opioids available. Carfentanil, a fentanyl analog with a potency approximately 10,000 times that of morphine, has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths nationwide. It is used as a sedative or in general anesthesia for large animals, including elephants, but is not approved for use in humans.

In August 2016, NIDA posted carfentanil warnings by authorities in Ohio and Florida. As with many fentanyl analogs, it is likely that carfentanil is being added to mixtures of heroin and other street drugs, but it is not known how often carfentanil is being added to or substituted for other opioids in street drugs, underscoring its danger.

CDC Calls Plant-Based Drug Kratom Emerging Public Health Threat

CDC-Calls-Plant-Based-Drug-Kratom-Emerging-Public-Health-Threat-Partnership-News-Service-from-the-Partnership-for-Drug-Free-Kids-300x225Kratom, a plant-based drug with opioid-like effects, is an emerging public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns. Kratom can lead to psychosis, seizures and death, the CDC said. It is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drugs of Concern list, but is unregulated at the federal level. For more information on the drug Kratom, click here.

DEA Warning to Police and Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills

On June 10th, 2016, the DEA released a Roll Call video fentanylto all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. This video stresses the importance of taking the drugs directly to the lab rather than testing on the scene. The immediate release document highlights the importance of the video, additional information on fentanyl and handling procedures.

NDEWS: National Drug Early Warning System

word map with summary and overview highlighted lg imageNDEWS monitors emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.


Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), popularly known as “Flakka,” is surging in Florida and is also being reported in other parts of the country, according to news reports. Alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other synthetic cathinone drugs popularly called “bath salts,” and takes the form of a white or pink, foul-smelling crystal that can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an e-cigarette or similar device. The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attack. It can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.

DEA Issues Alert on Fentanyl-Laced Heroinfet

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert in response to a surge in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the narcotic drug fentanyl, the most potent opioid available for medical use. “Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represent a significant threat to public health and safety.”

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