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What's New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based strategies to prevent underage drinking.

SAVE THE DATE: The annual Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest starts September 13!

SAVE THE DATE: The annual Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest starts September 13! 

As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Red Ribbon Week campaign, the DEA and SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention are co-sponsoring the annual Campus Video PSA Contest for colleges and universities. Join SAMHSA, the DEA’s Campus Drug Prevention initiative, and the larger prevention community for a Twitter chat to learn more. 

SAMHSA Expands its Talk. They Hear You. PSA Series

SAMHSA expands its Talk. They Hear You. substance use prevention campaign resources with the release of 15 new print PSAs. Tips include topics to discuss with teens and young adults before dropping them off at a party or before they get behind the wheel, and how to keep the dialogue about substances going as they get older. 

NEW! Turning Data Into Action: A User’s Guide to the Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

The Turning Data Into Action guide provides a digestible overview of the Report to Congress, State Performance and Best Practices report and state-specific reports. You’ll find tips for using the reports specifically for communities, coalitions, parents, local government agencies and law enforcement. 

Date: 09/14/2021


Download the new "Talk. They Hear You." mobile app

Download the new “Talk. They Hear You.” mobile app.

Help parents and caregivers prepare for one of the most important conversations they may have with their kids by using SAMHSA’s new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign mobile app. Watch a quick video to learn more about the app and see how it works.

Do you know how your state prevents underage drinking? Learn the laws with SAMHSA’s new series.

This new series in the SAMHSA Store summarizes the 24 legal policies that allow you to track how your state regulates underage drinking compared to other states. Using these summaries will help inform your prevention work.

Back to campus!

In the coming weeks, many students will be physically returning to college and university campuses and engaging in the social activities they have been missing during the pandemic. Luckily SAMHSA has many resources you can use with students, parents, and the campus community to aid your on-campus prevention efforts.

Date: 08/06/2021


Did It Work? Taking Stock of Your Communities Talk Activity

When you invest in holding a Communities Talk activity or event, you—and your partners or participants—will want to walk away knowing the effort made an impact. A good starting place for evaluation is to determine what success looks like to you and your community (ideally before the activity takes place).

Date: 07/08/2021


Connect the Dots with a Communities Talk Planning Stipend

Connect the Dots with a Communities Talk Planning Stipend
If a lack of resources is one of the things getting in the way of you connecting to your community about underage drinking prevention, a $750 planning stipend is your solution! But register now because stipends are going fast. 

Need Something to Talk About? 
As you plan your Communities Talk activity, don’t forget that it can be combined with another community activity or event, as long as underage drinking prevention is a key, related topic. For example, underage drinking prevention could be discussed along with mental/behavioral health, marijuana use, e-cigarette use or vaping, opioid misuse, or other health problems. 

Date: 06/02/2021


Dig into These NEW SAMHSA Resources to Prevent Underage Drinking

Four NEW SAMHSA Publications to Prevent Underage Drinking

SAMHSA has new publications for you to use with youth, parents, and other stakeholders in your community.

Talking With Teens About Impaired Driving

Now that more teens are going back to school and back to socializing with friends, it’s a good time to encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their teens about safe driving. The “Talk. They Hear You.” underage drinking prevention campaign has resources to help.

Communities Talk Planning Stipends are Going Fast!

Make sure to register soon so that you can receive a planning stipend for your Communities Talk activity. Here’s a quick and easy way to request an invitation to register.

Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) Webinars

The SAMHSA-funded PTTC Networks provide technical assistance and learning resources you can use in your substance misuse prevention efforts. Read more to learn about upcoming events on underage drinking and alcohol misuse prevention.

Date: 05/06/2021


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