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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.

Register Now for SAMHSA’s Prevention Day

SAMHSA’s Prevention Day is January 30, 2023. Don’t miss this free one-day event! It provides an exciting forum to learn about the latest developments in the areas of substance misuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and mental illness. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other preventionists and partners; take part in engaging and informative workshops to enhance their program skills; and share success stories and resources. This year we will end the day with an exciting in-person planning kick-off of the upcoming National Prevention Week, taking place May 7–13, 2023! Register here.

Community Engagement in Substance Use Prevention

Developed for practitioners, administrators, community leaders, and health professions educators, the new SAMHSA guide, Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System, highlights research on community engagement in substance use prevention. It provides practical guidance for implementing and evaluating community engagement strategies and activities, as well as an overview of how community engagement can play a pivotal role in the uptake of evidence-based practices broadly across the substance use prevention system. By using the guide, you can learn about practical considerations drawn from on-the-ground experience that will help ensure your community’s capacity to carry-out and sustain efforts.

2023 Communities Talk Cycle Begins

SAMHSA is sponsoring stipends for the next round of Communities Talk to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse, an initiative that focuses on alcohol and other drug misuse that negatively affects communities and our youth. Since 2006, the initiative has provided prevention resources and stipends to thousands of community-based organizations, colleges, and universities. Starting in 2023, stipends will be available every year! Email info@stopalcoholabuse.net for information about hosting an event in 2023.

Sharp Increase in Fentanyl-Laced Fake Prescription Pills

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in deadly fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills. The pills are made to look identical to real prescription medications. The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. Through its One Pill Can Kill campaign, the DEA is working to alert the American public of the dangers of fake prescription pills.

Good Medicine Bundle: Culture-Based Prevention Resources

Use the wisdom of Native wellness practices combined with the insights of modern science to help Native and non-Native students avoid the dangers of substance misuse with the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration’s Good Medicine Bundle. On the website, you will find hands-on, standards-aligned resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Monitoring the Future Survey Shows Adolescent Substance Use Held Steady in 2022

The Monitoring the Future survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is given annually to students in eighth, 10th, and 12th grades who self-report their substance use behaviors over various time periods, such as past 30 days, past 12 months, and lifetime. The survey also documents students’ perception of harm, disapproval of use, and perceived availability of drugs. Notably, the survey results are released the same year the data are collected. It is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of Americans from adolescence through adulthood. In 2022, the survey results found the percentage of adolescents reporting substance use largely held steady after significantly declining in 2021.