What's New

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.

NEW! SAMHSA's Prevention Core Competencies

SAMHSA’s new publication, Prevention Core Competencies, offers professional direction to those working in the prevention field. The core competencies provide a framework for staff development, career ladders and pipelines, and guidance for training programs and service delivery qualification.

NEW! "Talk. They Hear You." Mobile App

SAMHSA’s new "Talk. They Hear You." mobile app helps parents and caregivers talk with their kids about underage drinking and other drug use in various everyday situations. The app also helps prepare communities to implement and promote the campaign locally. This includes support for educators to engage school leaders and families in supporting the needs of students who are struggling with substance use, mental health, or other school-related challenges.

NIAAA Warns Risky Alcohol Use Is a Threat to a Healthy and Fun Summer

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's fact sheet, Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun, warns about the dangers of risky drinking during the summer. Along with the dangers of drinking while doing certain activities, the fact sheet includes information about the impact of alcohol use on a person’s ability to take the precautions needed to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. Use this timely fact sheet in your community to prevent risky drinking this summer and ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.

Today's To-Do List: Register for a Communities Talk Stipend!

If registering for SAMHSA's Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative hasn’t been on your radar this year, don’t worry. It’s not too late … yet! But $750 planning stipends are going fast. SAMHSA has sponsored Communities Talk events and activities since 2006 to educate communities about underage and high-risk drinking and mobilize them to take evidence-based action.

Ready to get started? Request an invitation to register.