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Read monthly updates on substance use prevention news and resources from the federal agencies and national organizations that make up the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD).

Join NIDA for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2021!

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is taking place March 22–28, 2021. NDAFW links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or friends. You can participate in NDAFW by sharing facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction in your community.

Download new resources for parents and caregivers from SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. campaign

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Talk. They Hear You. (TTHY) campaign provides tools for parents and caregivers to engage their children in important conversations about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. TTHY recently released several new parent brochures around other commonly misused substances: marijuana, opioids, and e-cigarettes (vaping). There is also a new mini brochure for parents and caregivers on the five goals to keep in mind when having conversations about alcohol and other substance use with their teens.

Check out SAMHSA’s new series of advisories on substance use disorder treatment

SAMHSA’s new series of advisories is based on existing Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) and Technical Assistance Publications (TAPs) that summarize updated guidance and recommendations on topics in the substance use disorder treatment field. Some topics include providing comprehensive case management, using motivational interviewing, and addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Read CDC’s latest MMWR report on drug and synthetic opioid overdose deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Trends and Geographical Patterns in Drug and Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths-United States, 2013-2019. The report uses final 2019 data to show the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States and the changing geographic trends in synthetic opioid- and psychostimulant-involved overdose deaths, and examines overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, psychostimulants with abuse potential, cocaine, prescription opioids, and heroin.

Learn about the adolescent brain with resources from NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Adolescent Brain webpage contains content to help increase understanding of adolescents and brain development. Research has shown that brain development continues into a person’s 20s—a time that encompasses many important developmental and social changes in a young person’s life and can be impacted by substance use. This webpage provides interactive resources for educators, parents, and caregivers; helpful publications; and resources on related topics, such as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development℠ Study.

Start planning your 2021 Communities Talk activity

Registration for the 2021 Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative is officially open. Register now to receive your $750 stipend! Check out the Tips and Resources section for planning tools, recommendations on when to organize your activity, and activity format ideas (including virtual options). If you did not receive an invitation but would like to participate and receive a stipend, please email info@stopalcoholabuse.net. You can also read the Stipend FAQs for more information about how the stipends can be used to support your underage drinking prevention efforts.