Read monthly updates on substance use prevention news and resources from federal agencies that make up the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) and other national organizations working to prevent substance use and misuse.
National Prevention Week 2023–In Case You Missed It!
National Prevention Week (NPW) was held on May 7–13, but if you missed it you can still catch featured events as well as a number of on-demand videos and prevention activities at any point throughout the year.
The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign held the 10th Anniversary Relaunch showcasing three organizations, representing Washington, Ohio, and California, discussing how they were able to implement the campaign in their communities. In the Communities Talk to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse webinar, communities from across the country shared prevention stories, including successes, challenges, and highlights from agency and university leaders representing the Northwest Michigan Health Department, Tuskegee University in Alabama, Ball State University in Indiana, and Florida Atlantic University. Be sure to check the Communities Talk What’s New for up-to-date information about events like these.
Campaign for Youth: Dangers of Fentanyl and the Lifesaving Effects of Naloxone
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) launched a Youth Awareness Campaignto educate young people on the dangers of fentanyl and the lifesaving effects of naloxone. The campaign builds on the Ad Council’s existing Real Deal on Fentanyl platform highlighting the importance of carrying naloxone and encouraging young people to learn how to use and find naloxone in their communities.
HHS Launches New Website to Help People Find Support for Issues with Mental Health, Drugs, or Alcohol
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched FindSupport.gov, a new user-friendly website designed for the general public, to help people identify available resources, explore unbiased information about various treatment options, and learn how to reach out to get the support they need for issues related to mental health, drugs, or alcohol. The website provides information on how to find treatment and support based on insurance status, including Medicaid, Medicare, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care, TRICARE, private insurance, and no insurance. The site also features resources on how to set up an appointment so that when people meet with a health care professional, they can feel confident that they are taking the right steps.
Stories About Recovery
SAMHSA’s Find Support online guide has a new section, Stories About Recovery. The section consists of three stories about people who went through the journey of asking for help, getting treatment and support, and feeling better. Promote the use of the guide and the stories with people in your community who may be experiencing the challenges of recovering from substance misuse.
Strategic Prevention Framework Guide—Now Available in Spanish
The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network has made a Spanish-language translation of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) guide available. It offers prevention planners a comprehensive approach to understanding and addressing substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their states and communities.