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Alcohol & Drug-Related Problems
“The Opiate Effect"
2016 National Association for Rural Mental Health Annual Conference
AJP in Advance
Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United States
Al-Anon, Alateen & ACOA
Center for Substance Abuse
SAMHSA — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Cool Spot
Getting ready for the upcoming school year isn’t all about notebooks, brand-new clothes and lunchboxes. It’s also about laying the foundation for good communication with your child and preparing them for a new transition. Questions about drugs and alcohol will inevitably come up during the school year. Need some help? Check out the items in our back-to-school survival guide, designed to help you talk, listen and improve your overall communication with your child:
Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids: From Understanding to Action
All About The Teen Years
Parent Drug Guide https://drugfree.org/drug-guide/
A comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information for parents. Learn the facts, prevalence and warning signs to help keep your child safe.
Why Do Teens Drink and Use Drugs? NEW!
Today’s teens are growing up in an environment with pressures, stress and priorities vastly different from when we were their age. If you’re concerned that your son or daughter might be using drugs or alcohol — or if you know they are — it’s important that we, as parents, consider why. Some teens turn to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons, like fitting in, socializing, experiencing life transitions, or dealing with emotional and psychological pain. Here’s why it’s important for you to recognize why kids might be drawn to substances and what you can do about it.
Keep in mind:
- Young brains are more vulnerable to drugs and alcohol. Research shows that the teen brain doesn’t fully develop until 25. Drugs and alcohol can alter this development, potentially affecting brain structure and function.
- If there is a history of addiction in your family, if your child has mental health or behavioral issues, has suffered trauma or has impulse control problems, then your child has a much greater risk of developing a substance use problem. Be aware of these elevated risks and discuss it with your child regularly, as you would with any disease.
Learn What You Can Do
Still have questions? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is where families find answers. Visit our website, www.drugfree.org, year-round for more tips, tools and resources.
Office of National Drug Control Policy - Prevention
Prevention is any activity that is intended to reduce or minimize the incidence of drug abuse and its negative consequences. These activities include the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and the Drug- Free Workplace Program.
Foundation for a Drug-Free World
An Effective Drug Prevention Campaign on Marijuana, Ecstasy, Crystal Meth, Ritalin, and other Street Drugs
Get Smart About Drugs
A DEA resource for parents, educators & caregivers
Insurance Questions NEW!
Your First Call with Your Insurance Provider: What to Ask about Substance Use Coverage
by Lindsey Vuolo, JD, MPH, Associate Director of Health Law and Policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
When you are seeking treatment for your son or daughter’s substance use disorder (SUD) or mental health (MH) issue, it can seem impossible to navigate the insurance system. Many of the families who have been through it have likened it to a nightmare. What many parents don’t know is that, in many cases, your insurance provider is actually obligated to cover your child’s substance use disorder. It’s the law, plain and simple.
We understand that the language of the insurance landscape is complex. To help you navigate this complicated system, we’ve created a glossary of insurance terms, and outlined some important questions to ask your insurance provider when seeking coverage for addiction treatment, to ensure that you get your child the best help possible, Here are a few examples:
- Does my plan cover mental health and/or SUD benefits? And how do I find out for my specific plan?
- What benefits do you cover (including treatment settings and medications)?
- What documentation do I need to provide and what should I keep a list of for reimbursements?
Read All of the Questions
MADD RI — Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Narcotics Anonymous & Nar-Anon
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Easy to Read Drug Facts
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The Science Behind Drug Abuse
If you have ever known someone who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, you are no stranger to the long road to recovery ahead of them. In fact, about 17.6 million Americans (1) struggle with alcohol abuse every year, and there are an average of 20 million illegal drug users every month. Numbers such as these indicate that an alarming number of people need help, whether they require professional treatment, peer support, or just some information on the impact drug and alcohol abuse has on an individual's health. This list of resources was created with the intention of spreading awareness on this issue.
Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released an Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose, as well as how to use naloxone to prevent overdose-related deaths. As part of NASTAD’s ongoing commitment to promoting injecting drug user health, we encourage you to take a look at The Toolkit and share with relevant staff and community partners.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy all recognize the link between substance use and HIV and viral hepatitis prevention. Drug overdose is a common cause of non-AIDS related death among people who are living with HIV. Studies suggest that biological and behavioral factors, as well as environmental and structural factors, shown previously to increase overdose risk also affect populations living with HIV and could help explain the higher overdose risk associated with HIV status. Similarities in risk factors for HIV and overdose suggest a key opportunity to reduce HIV transmission and overdose by scaling up the public health, legal and policy infrastructures that promote prevention, education, care and treatment for HIV, viral hepatitis and drug use.
Additionally, the Toolkit highlights the importance of access to naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of overdose from opioids. In April 2012, NASTAD submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encouraging increased access to naloxone and stated that targeting naloxone provision to opioid users living with HIV and/or viral hepatitis “has the potential to reduce fatal overdose in these disproportionately affected populations. Making naloxone more widely and readily accessible will provide opportunities for physicians, programs and organizations that care for and provide support services for these populations to save countless lives and prevent overdoses.”
- Facts for Community Members
- Essentials for First Responders
- Safety Advice for Patients
- Information for Prescribers
- Resources for Overdose Survivors and Family Members
The DEA has joined forces with Discovery Education to create a comprehensive, NO-COST program to combat opioid misuse -- available TODAY in every school, home, and state in the nation. With Virtual Field Trips, Parent Resources, English & Spanish language standards aligned K-12 tools, and a national peer-to-peer video challenge, look no further to kick-start life-saving actions today.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
6 Things to Do Before Your Kid Comes Home from Addiction Treatment
“Why Can’t My Kid Stop Using Opioids?”
Many parents ask themselves this question. But as more and more scientific studies are confirming, the drugs that your son or daughter is using are actually creating changes in his or her brain. So, in a way, your child is not the same person he or she was before using opioids. Watch experts Adam Bisaga, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Alicia Murray, DO, a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist, discuss the changes that occur in the brain when heroin, prescription pain pills or other opioids are used, and how they can make your child think only about the drug.
Prevention Resources www.pmrts.samhsa.gov/PrevResources/Default.aspx
Prevention Starts at Home (Office of National Drug Control Policy)
We know that the most effective way to reduce substance abuse is to prevent addition before it starts. That's why drug prevention efforts, such as the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and Drug-Free Communities Support Program, are important tools in our goal to reduce drug use and its consequences. Sometimes prevention can be as simple as spending time with your kids over a home-cooked meal.
To help spread this message, we are pleased to join The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse in celebrating Family Day. The purpose of the day is to encourage parents to spend time - through family dinners - with their kids, talk to them about their friends, interests, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Prevention is the most cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities. Get involved today!
Preventing a Friend From Driving Drunk
The RI Council on Alcoholism’s Hotline
SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Marijuana & Other Drugs: A Link We Can't Ignore
SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
Summary of CAPT Resources to Support Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention
State of RI Department of Health — Safe Disposal of Household Medical Waste
State of RI Department of Health — Safe Opioid Prescribing
Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center
Nearly One-Fifth of Underage Drinkers Report Current Use of Marijuana with Alcohol
Underage drinkers are more likely than alcohol users 21 or older to use illicit drugs within 2 hours of alcohol use, according to data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. One in five (20.1%) underage drinkers reported using at least one illicit drug the last time they used alcohol, compared to 4.9% of those ages 21 or older. Marijuana was the most commonly reported illicit drug used in combination with alcohol by both underage (19.2%) and adult (4.4%) drinkers. Future research will be needed to study if the co-occurring use of alcohol and marijuana changes among residents of Colorado and Washington, which have both recently enacted laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults. To read the article in its entirety, visit the link:
NIAAA Alcohol Alert
Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented?
This bulletin presents a detailed overview of the subject of underage alcohol use and includes recommended prevention strategies and a selection of promising prevention programs.
Today, alcohol is widely available and aggressively promoted throughout society. And alcohol use continues to be regarded, by many people, as a normal part of growing up. Yet underage drinking is dangerous, not only for the drinker but also for society, as evident by the number of alcohol- involved motor vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides, and other injuries.
People who begin drinking early in life run the risk of developing serious alcohol problems, including alcoholism, later in life. They also are at greater risk for a variety of adverse consequences, including risky sexual activity and poor performance in school.
Identifying adolescents at greatest risk can help stop problems before they develop. And innovative, comprehensive approaches to prevention, such as Project Northland, are showing success in reducing experimentation with alcohol as well as the problems that accompany alcohol use by young people.
The document is available in both html and pdf (for printing) formats:
Stay Smart Bookmark
The Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free has produced a bookmark that addresses children's use of refusal skills when offered alcohol. The bookmarks are being used in public libraries; librarians put them in the books that the children check out, as well as distribute them in areas throughout the libraries. This bookmark may be of use in your libraries or for discussions in other group settings. CLICK HERE to get bookmark.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Building Drug-Free Communities
National Institute on Drug Abuse
US Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
New OJJDP Web Page Promotes Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
“The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is committed to ensuring a level playing field for faith- and community-based organizations,” OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores recently affirmed, adding, “The services they provide are integral to our efforts to prevent and address delinquency.”
To this end, OJJDP is pleased to announce the launching of its Faith-Based & Community Initiatives portal page. The page provides entry points to information on:
- OJJDP’s outreach efforts, through conferences and meetings, to assist faith-based and community organizations in serving America's youth.
- Programs, funded by OJJDP, that exemplify the contributions of such organizations to preventing and combating delinquency.
- OJJDP-funded publications that provide information on the youth-serving activities of faith- and community-based organizations.
The page also provides links to related resources, such as the Department of Justice Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which, in turn, offers links to other agency centers for such initiatives.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education
Research-based resource for parents with tips, ideas, and strategies for raising smart, strong, responsible kids.
Prevention & Parents
An interview with Joseph Califano, the head of Columbia's National Center on Addiction and Substance Use and author of How To Raise a Drug-Free Kid. He clearly outlines the case for prevention and the need to continue our efforts the educate parents about how they can prevent and reduce youth drug use.
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of Rhode Island
Massachusetts Department of Health: Make Smoking History
Tobacco Free Rhode Island: Tobacco Free Youth
Safety & Preparedness
American Red Cross of Rhode Island
A nonprofit organization that teaches conflict resolution and mediation skills to faculty, students and parents, as a way to prevent violence and increase communication.
Gift From Within
A private, non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Develops and disseminates educational material, including videotapes, articles, books, and a resource catalog. Maintains a roster of survivors who are willing to participate in an international network of peer support. Is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity, eligible to receive tax-exempt grants, gifts, and donations.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance.
National Center for Victims of Crime
The nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization dedicated to supporting crime victims and those who serve them. Join today and immediately start receiving the tools and resources you need to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
Resources for Youth is a public education campaign funded by a grant to Martin & Glantz LLC from The California Wellness Foundation.
University of Virginia Youth Violence Project
Identify effective methods and policies for youth violence prevention and response, especially in school settings.