Skip to Main Content
Mobile Menu


Prevention involves active organizations helping the community hinder substance abuse.

Addiction Resource Center

The Addiction Resource Center is not affiliated with any treatment provider. The ARC is funded by a non-profit organization, Addiction Policy Forum, ( and acts as an unbiased resource for people impacted by substance use disorders, providing education and guidance based on the latest science and clinical standards.

Above the Influence

Original Logo above the influence teensEvery teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. We’re not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions.

CollegeAIM: Alcohol Intervention Matrix (Developed by NIAAA)

collegeaim guide coverCollegeAIM—the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix—is a new resource to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking. Developed with leading college alcohol researchers and staff, it is an easy-to-use and comprehensive tool to identify effective alcohol interventions.

Campus Drug Prevention

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is pleased to provide institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities with these resources to prevent drug abuse among college students. We are committed to promoting the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation’s colleges and universities.

Community College drinking prevention

Created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America logo

As a vehicle for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building, CADCA’s National Coalition Institute works continually to help America’s community anti-drug coalitions get smarter faster. CADCA administers the Institute with a grant through the Drug-Free Communities Support Act.

The Community Guide

The Community Guide

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:

Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?
Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?
What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Elementary School Tools

start smart logoElementary schools and community organizations can begin educating children (grades K-5) and their parents about safe and proper use of over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Explore Public Health

Explore public health logoPublic health is a field within healthcare that focuses on the science and medical practice behind preventing and containing injury and illness in a population.

Empowering Teens to Take a Stand

The toolkits below are for others in your community who want to protect teens from the dangerous consequences of underage drinking. MADD has toolkits specifically designed for Student Leaders, Educators, School Resource Officers, and Community Partners.

Indian Health Service: I Strengthen My Nation Campaign

Indian Health Services

A new media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (who plays Sam Uley in the Twilight Saga) encourages Native communities to address substance abuse by teens and young adults. The “I Strengthen My Nation” campaign empowers Native youth to resist drugs and alcohol and motivates parents to talk openly to their children about drug and alcohol use.

Inhalant Abuse Prevention

Inhalant Abuse Prevention

This site is dedicated to informing parents, children, family, friends, teachers, and anyone else who is experiencing or has experienced someone involved with inhalant abuse. The Alliance for Consumer Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based on informing the public with regards to consumer product, health, and environmental safety awareness.

Just For Kids

Just For KidsA place where you can learn how alcohol and other drugs hurt everyone in a family, learn how to feel safer and less stressed out, find new ways to deal with hassles at home, and find hope, even if your parents don’t change.

The Marijuana Report

marijuana report

Track what’s going on with marijuana in the states at this one-stop shop for marijuana news. Brought to you by National Families in Action, Project SAM, the Treatment Research Institute, and others.

The Medical Amnesty Initiative

medicalMedical Amnesty legislation saves lives. Each year, thousands of young people tragically lose their lives to alcohol poisoning and other alcohol related unintentional injuries. In situations where a minor is in need of emergency medical attention, studies show the worry is more about getting in to trouble and receiving a Minor in Possession/Consumption of alcohol (MIP) ticket, instead of the well being of that person. As a result, lives are put at risk. Medical Amnesty legislation (911 Good Samaritan, 911 Lifeline) can eliminate these common fears by guaranteeing a limited immunity to the underage and intoxicated individuals who seek help for themselves or another individual who is in need of immediate medical attention.



Methpedia is designed to help prevent the use of methamphetamine by providing citizens, law enforcement, public health, youth, media, and community organizers a tool that allows them “one-stop” shopping for the most relevant and timely information available.

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

NADEC logo

The National DEC helps break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners to identify and respond to children living in dangerous drug environments.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University


The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only national organization, which brings together all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances- alcohol, nicotine, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, performance enhancing drugs -in all sectors of society.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADA)

NCADA works to reduce or prevent the harms of alcohol and other drug use through education, intervention and advocacy. Substance use disorder is the leading contributor to death and injury among young people. This is unacceptable. Teenagers and young adults—with their lives full of promise and untapped potential—are too often struck down from a condition which is not only treatable, but preventable. So one of the NCADA’s major goals is to teach young people the skills needed to resist the pressures to use and abuse drugs. We offer proven, evidence- and best-practices-based curricula for every grade from K-12 in nearly 300 schools in the region.

Natural High

natural high

Every day youth are bombarded with mixed messages about drugs and alcohol – that they’re cool and that everybody who’s cool is using them. We believe it’s time for a new social norm – one that empowers youth to find what they truly love to do –activities that inspire them to turn their back on drugs and alcohol, to establish their true identities, and to influence their peers to live a drug-free life. It’s time to live life on a natural high.

NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse


NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

NIDA For Teens – The Science Behind Drug Abuse

NIDA For Teens

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns.

Operation Prevention

Operation Prevention is an initiative brought to you by the DEA and Discovery Education to educate middle and high school students about the true impacts of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.


A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain

Teen Brain

New discoveries about adolescent brain development have opened up fresh ways of thinking about teen behavior, and offer new insight into how parents can help their teens understand the risks of drugs and alcohol.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

DrugFree Kids

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is here for parents, helping them prevent, intervene in, or find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children.

Rocky Mountain High Intensity Trafficking Area: The Rise of Hash Oil Extraction Explosions

hashWith the current upward trend of Hash Oil explosions in Colorado, Sgt. Pat Long from Thornton Police Department found it necessary to develop an awareness training for first responders on this topic. Teaming up with Rocky Mountain HIDTA he designed a presentation with the safety of first responders being the priority. The presentation discusses the manufacturing process, explosion hazards for first responders, and tips associated with investigating these incidents.

Stop Underage Drinking 

The Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking is working with governments and organizations at the state, territory, and local levels to reduce and prevent underage drinking and its consequences.

The Ultimate Party Foul

ultimate party foul logoNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council launch first-ever public service campaign targeting underage drinking and driving. Nearly one-third of young drivers killed in traffic crashes have alcohol in their system; new PSAs depict drinking and driving as the Ultimate Party Foul.