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.

FentAlert Challenge: Winning Youth Community Strategies

SAMHSA has announced the winners of the FentAlert Challenge, which sought innovative ideas from U.S. youth, ages 14–18, to develop a community strategy to educate their peers about fentanyl and fake pills―and prevent drug overdose deaths. The Challenge supports primary prevention efforts prioritized in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Overdose Prevention Strategy, a key element of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Unity Agenda, focusing on beating the opioid crisis. The Challenge received almost 200 entries from across the country. SAMHSA congratulates the winners, honorable mentions, and every young person who participated and is helping drive the conversation in their community. Watch the videos from the six winning FentAlert ideas here.

FentAlert Challenge: Youth Innovators Advancing Fentanyl Overdose Prevention Webinar

SAMHSA is hosting a webinar, “FentAlert Challenge: Youth Innovators Advancing Fentanyl Overdose Prevention,” on June 13, 2024, from 2–3p.m. ET. Youth and young adults will share their strategies to increase youth awareness, education, and prevention around the dangers of fentanyl. Fentanyl has increasingly become a concern for youth and young adults. From 2019 to 2021, overdose deaths among youth and young adults have increased. Among adolescents ages 10–19, about 90 percent of these deaths involved opioids and 84 percent involved illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Furthermore, the summer is often a time of substance use initiation for this population and it’s important to focus on prevention messaging around fentanyl and other substance use during this time of year. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 13, 2024, and register to attend.

“Celebrate the Possibilities of Prevention: Building Resilient Communities” On-Demand Learning Session

SAMHSA’s “Celebrate the Possibilities of Prevention: Building Resilient Communities” is an enlightening learning session co-hosted by Communities Talk to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse and the “Talk. They Hear You.”® campaign as part of National Prevention Week. The event highlights three community partners (Keck Graduate Institute, Tigard Turns the Tide, and Beyond the Bell) that are driving positive change in their communities through the power of prevention. Learn about their journeys and hear about the challenges they’ve tackled, the innovative strategies they’ve adopted, and the successes they’ve celebrated. Watch the on-demand video here.

SAMHSA’s Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit Now Available in Spanish

SAMHSA’s Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit, updated in 2024, is now available in Spanish. It provides guidance to a wide range of people on preventing and responding to an overdose. The toolkit includes tailored information, guidance, and resources on overdose prevention and response for people who use drugs (and their family members or caregivers); people who use prescription opioids; practitioners and health systems; and first responders. SAMHSA encourages its networks to share this resource so communities can prepare to prevent and respond to overdoses.

Regional 2021–2022 Behavioral Health Barometers

SAMHSA has posted its Behavioral Health Barometers, Regions 1–10, Volume 7: Indicators as Measured in the 2021–2022 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The report series provides the latest available state-level data on substance use and mental health, as measured in NSDUH, throughout 10 regions spanning the United States. Read more to learn specifics about the behavioral health of 12- to 17-year-olds and 12-to 20-year-olds in your region.