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! 2020 National Survey of Drug Use and Health

The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is now available. The survey data estimates the prevalence of underage drinking and other substance misuse, as well as mental illness in the United States. The estimates are based on data collected in 2020. In addition, NSDUH helps to identify the prevalence of substance misuse and mental illness among different subgroups, along with treatment services needs. The 2020 report contains a special section on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use and mental health issues.

NEW! 2020 Reports to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

The 2020 reports to Congress, required by the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act ("STOP Act"), are now available! These seminal reports detail national and state data on the policies, programs, and practices related to underage drinking prevention and treatment:

  • Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking 2020
  • State Performance & Best Practices for the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking 2020
  • Region and State Reports Underage Drinking Prevention and Enforcement 2020

NEW! Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth

This new SAMHSA guide reviews the literature on the prevention of marijuana use among youth (ages 12 to 17), distills the research into recommendations for practice, and provides examples of the ways these recommendations can be implemented.

NEW! "Talk. They Hear You." Community Engagement Materials

When it comes to promoting underage drinking and substance use prevention with parents and caregivers, educators, and other adult role models, new tools are always helpful. These just-released materials include an event planning toolkit, a media toolkit to use when working with the media, a partner toolkit flash drive, and a catalog of campaign materials. To learn more about the campaign’s history and progress, read the 2019 "Talk. They Hear You." Annual Report.

DEA Video Series Features Teen Leaders

The Drug Enforcement Administration video series Drug-Free Living highlights teen leaders from across the country who are choosing a drug-free lifestyle and showing others why it matters. The most recent video features Connecticut teen MaKayla Barstow, who discusses the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.

Youth Substance Use and Message Development During COVID-19

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is leading an initiative to assess the effects of the pandemic on substance misuse risks among youth ages 12–18. The initiative seeks to equip youth service providers and organizations with the tools and resources necessary to support effective prevention messaging. Resources available now include a findings and messaging guide, as well as a video with youth ambassadors sharing their thoughts on substance use prevention and treatment work.