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: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Section Live on SAMHSA’s Website!

A new SAMHSA resource is now available—samhsa.gov/988—to help states, territories, tribes, mental health and substance use disorder professionals, and others make progress in suicide prevention. It also provides background, history, funding opportunities, and implementation resources for strengthening suicide prevention and mental health crisis services. The complete 988 Suicide and Crisis Line launch is scheduled for July 16, 2022. In the meantime, SAMHSA is making materials available now to support partner efforts that align with 988 communications planning. In the months to come, SAMHSA will add more tools and resources to the 988 website, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Tribal Youth Resource Center Unveils Updated Website

OJJDP’s newly redesigned Tribal Youth Resource Center website makes it easier for visitors to access the center’s digital outreach channels such as blogs, podcasts, a YouTube channel, and events calendar. Here, Native communities can get support for the planning, development, and implementation of programs for tribal youth. Among the many offerings are training and technical assistance to help tribal communities develop capacity for implementing culturally responsive prevention and intervention approaches.

A Better Way to Talk About Problems with Alcohol Misuse

More evidence-based treatment options for alcohol use disorder are available now than ever before. But stigma is still a barrier that prevents some people from seeking treatment. This NIAAA article explains how the use of clinically accurate language and terms that centralize the experience of patients reduces stigma and can encourage people to access the help they need to recover.