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National Prevention Websites

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services.

SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
CSAP works with States and communities to develop comprehensive prevention systems that create healthy communities in which people enjoy a quality life. This includes supportive work and school environments, drug- and crime-free neighborhoods, and positive connections with friends and family.

Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Office of Applied Studies (OAS) provides the latest national data on (1) alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug abuse, (2) drug related emergency department episodes and medical examiner cases, and (3) the nation's substance abuse treatment system.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices
NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
CADCA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities.

U.S. DOE Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving quality and excellence of programs and activities that are designed to address drug and violence prevention activities and activities that promote the health and well being of students in elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) researches and provides information on alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the federal agency doing research on drug effects and prevention. NIDA provides an Infofax Service ( with information in English or Spanish by mail, fax or TTY for easy access.

Other websites from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):


The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) coordinates the federal response to illicit drug supply and demand.

Community Anti-Drug Coaltions of American (CADCA)

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has a drug databse to help parents identify specific drugs, their effects, and drug paraphernalia.

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) has in-depth information and articles on a wide variety of drug and prevention topics, as well as links to national databases and survey results.

The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition defines "inhalants" as poisons rather than drugs. Still, they are used by some youth for their drug effects.

Centers for Application of Prevention Technologies. Numerous other articles on science-based prevention are available from the other Centers for Application of Prevention Technologies. (This site in turn links to all the CAPTs nationwide.) Some articles are available directly on-line, while others have ordering information. (Most are free or very inexpensive.)

Parents. The Anti-Drug, sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, has a "Teachers Guide" that provides teachers with ideas and resources for incorporating drug prevention messages into the classroom.

The Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free is a unique coalition of Governors' spouses, Federal agencies, and public and private organizations. This is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9 to 15.

College Drinking--Changing the Culture

Websites for youth:

Above the Influence: This Web site and the Above the Influence ads you see on TV and in magazines are created for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy).

Freevibe is another website brought to you by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

The Cool Spot: The young teen's place for info on alcohol and resisting peer pressure.

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