Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. The link includes (but is not limited to): Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Disaster Distress Helpline, Veteran’s Crisis Line, Drug-Free Workplace helpline, Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, Buprenorphine Physician & Treatment Program Locator, & Opioid Treatment Program Directory. www.samhsa.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a U.S. federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC is a national public health institute with the main goal of protecting America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. www.cdc.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. This involves: (1) Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved. (2) Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder. www.drugabuse.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) For Teens:

This website is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of this site is to facilitate learning about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and lives of teens. The website is for Teens, Teachers, and Parents. (1) Written specifically for a teen audience, features include, Drug Facts, Drugs & Health Blog, Videos, and Games; (2) NIDA for teachers includes infographics, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, and Ordering Free Materials; and (3) NIDA for Parents includes, Drugs and Your Kids, Scientific Facts About Drugs, and Drug Abuse Treatment. www.drugabuse.gov

Above The Influence:

The website and Above The Influence ads were originally created as a part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but is now a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “The campaign was, and continues to be inspired by what teens have told us about their lives, and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions.”Every 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. www.abovetheinfluence.com

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (Where Families Find Answers):

At the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, we are committed to helping families whose son or daughter is struggling with substance use. We empower families with information, support and guidance to get the help their loved one needs and deserves. And we advocate for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction. (1) We connect families with each other and with experts, working with them to get the help their loved one needs and deserves – a good place to start is with our Helpline. (2) We listen to families and provide a platform for them to share their stories of struggle and success – such as our Stories of Hope and Parent Blog. (3) We educate families about substance use and strategies they can use to help their loved one. (4) We empower parents to take early and effective action to address their son or daughter’s substance use, providing expert guidance and compassionate support. (5) We advocate for systemic change in the way our country addresses addiction, including universal evidence-based treatment options for families and their loved ones – like through those actions available via our Advocacy Center. www.drugfree.org

Foundation For A Drug-Free World (Find Out the Truth About Drugs):

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. We provide the facts that empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place. Additionally, our Truth About Drugs campaign consists of activities that they can join which popularize drug-free living. These activities are simple, effective and can involve people of all ages. Through a worldwide network of volunteers, 50 million of drug prevention booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on more than 500 television stations. These materials and activities have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them. The Foundation provides the information you need to start a Truth About Drugs education and prevention activity in your area. www.drugfreeworld.org

Get Smart About Drugs (A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators & Caregivers):

A DEA sponsored website for drug prevention, information, news & headlines, videos, informational list of drugs and paraphernalia, and more. DEA’s 360 Strategy responds to the heroin and prescription opioid pill crisis. The 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through (1) Coordinated Law Enforcement actions against drug cartels and heroin traffickers in specific communities;(2) Diversion Control enforcement actions against DEA registrants operating outside the law and long-term engagement with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, and practitioners; and (3) Community Outreach through local partnerships that empower communities to take back affected neighborhoods after enforcement actions and prevent the same problems from cropping up again.

Arkansas Medical Society – Prescription Drug Abuse:

Information on state laws regarding prescription drug abuse, the Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program, Arkansas Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, AMS events and more.

DEA National Take Back Day:

Information about the National Take Back Day program. Includes Collection Site Locator for all states, Take Back PSAs, Results, Resources, Treatment Services Locator for all states, and more.

U.S. White House (President’s) initiative on Opioids:

Drug addiction and opioid abuse are ravaging America. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives to drug abuse. President Trump is fighting back. In its first year, the Trump Administration has moved quickly to answer this growing threat. Read the full report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis here.

OpiRescue (Free Overdose Support Tool):

OpiRescue is a free overdose support tool provided by OpiSafe, a safe opioid prescribing platform for care providers. The recommended steps for responding to an overdose provided in this application have been developed by SAMHSA and are publicly available in the https://opisafe.com