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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 am to 5 pm
Drop-ins are welcome!

  • 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.

  • Lock Your Meds Idaho

    In 2011, over 20% of Idaho high school students reported taking prescription drugs without a doctors prescription. Your medicine cabinet, nightstand, or purse could be their drug supplier. Be Aware. Don’t Share.

  • Administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction

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

  • 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.

  • Prevent Impaired Driving: A CADCA Toolkit

    This Toolkit is designed to guide you through the process of developing a comprehensive plan to address alcohol impaired driving in your community.

  • Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week 2017

    Sometimes all a child or teenager needs to know is that you are available, that you care, that help is waiting. Take this important week to learn more about the issues and reach out to a child in a meaningful way.

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.”

Read more info here…..

Emerging Trend: Caffeine Powder

powderThe FDA is warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers, and recommends avoiding these products.  In particular, the FDA is concerned about powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet. Follow these links from the NIH and FDA to learn more about the dangers of caffeine powder.

“Talk. They Hear You” Online Simulation


New online simulation gives parents an opportunity to practice having the talk about alcohol with kids. TRY IT!

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