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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—There’s Still Time!

Entries to SAMHSA’s challenge to raise awareness about fentanyl and reduce teen overdose deaths are due by 6 p.m. ET on February 26, 2024, so there’s still time to enter! Youth ages 14–18 are invited to develop a community strategy to educate their peers about fentanyl and fake pills―and prevent drug overdose deaths. Submissions can be social media posts, vlogs, podcasts, video journals, and more. Learn more and submit a strategy at FentAlert: Empowering Youth for Safer Choices−SAMHSA Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge.

Factors Associated with Indirect Exposure to and Knowledge of Fentanyl Among Youth

A CDC-funded data analysis examined factors associated with indirect exposure to fentanyl, knowledge of fentanyl, and sources of substance use information among U.S. youth ages 13–18. The results showed that most youth did not know about fentanyl, even though they reported knowing someone who may be exposed to fentanyl (i.e., indirect likely fentanyl exposure). The study showed that a significant risk factor of indirect likely fentanyl exposure was COVID-19-related stress. Read the study to learn more.

Residential Addiction Treatment for Adolescents Is Scarce and Expensive

Access to residential addiction treatment centers caring for adolescents under 18 years old in the United States is limited and costly, according to a new study supported by NIDA. Researchers found that only about half of the residential addiction treatment facilities that they contacted had a bed immediately available, and for those that had a waiting list, the average estimated time before a bed opened was 28 days. In addition, the average daily treatment cost was $878. On average, the quoted cost of a month’s stay at a residential addiction treatment facility was over $26,000. Read the NIDA press release for more details.

NIAAA Launches Facts About Teen Drinking Website

NIAAA’s newly launched website, Facts About Teen Drinking, provides teens with helpful information about alcohol. The site’s three main sections focus on how drinking affects teens’ short- and long-term health, how to identify signs of an alcohol problem, and how to get help. The resource also can help educators, parents, and other important adults share important information about alcohol with their students and family members. Check out the site for the latest science and information around underage drinking.

Communities Talk 2024 Planning Stipend Cycle Has Launched

SAMHSA's ninth round of the Communities Talk to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse initiative recently launched in January 2024. The initiative aims to prevent alcohol and other drug misuse among individuals aged 12-25 years old in communities nationwide. Since 2006, the initiative has provided prevention resources and planning stipends to thousands of community-based organizations, colleges, and universities.

Please share this opportunity with your network. SAMHSA continues to offer organizations a $750 planning stipend to conduct a Communities Talk activity. Planning stipends are limited, so request an invitation as soon as possible.

If your organization is interested in participating, email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request an invitation.