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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.

Planning Prevention Activities Made Easier with SAMHSA’s Event Planner!

Whether you are planning a Communities Talk or other prevention event, SAMHSA’s new Event Planner application has resources and event management capabilities that enable you to succeed. You’ll find resources to help you plan your event, as well as create tasks and collaborate with others as you plan.

Date: 09/01/2022


Back-to-School and College: Substance Misuse Prevention Strategies

Back-to-School and College: Substance Misuse Prevention Strategies

Summer’s over and students are heading back to school and college. It’s an important time for parents and caregivers to connect with teens and young adults to reinforce clear no-use rules about alcohol and other substances. Teachers, counselors, and administrators can be prepared with evidence-based prevention tools to help teens and young adults make smart choices for their future health and well-being.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2020 an estimated 32 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds and 9 percent of 12- to 20- year-olds reported monthly alcohol use.1 About 20 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds and 6 percent of 12- to 20- year-olds reported using marijuana in the past month.2 Resources from the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) can help prepare you to reduce youth substance misuse and lay the groundwork for a healthy school year.

Prevention Resources from ICCPUD agencies

Date: 08/09/2022


New! Web page on Substance Misuse Among Transition-Age Youth Not Attending College

New! Web page on Substance Misuse Among Transition-Age Youth Not Attending College

Did you know that the prevalence of substance misuse among transition-age youth who do not attend a four-year college or university is as high as, if not higher than, that of their college-attending peers?1 SAMHSA has developed a NEW web page to fill the gap in prevention messaging and efforts when it comes to this group. This webpage includes information on the prevalence of substance misuse by this population, along with tips and resources for substance misuse prevention professionals and others working with transition-age youth. Visit the web page to find the facts and services you need to help young adults in your community avoid substance misuse and make healthy choices!

National Prevention Week 2022: Watch it Now!

This year’s National Prevention Week has already passed, but if you missed a session or couldn’t attend, there’s good news! Read the full article for links to view the sessions through the NPW virtual platform.

Communities Talk About” Webinar Addresses Intersectionality

Did you miss the first episode of SAMHSA’s new online learning series “Communities Talk About?” The inaugural webinar episode, “Communities Talk About: Young Adult Leadership in Addressing Intersectionality to Advance Prevention,” explored the importance of prevention strategies prioritizing the intersecting identities and lived experiences of youth and young adults.

How to Promote Safe Driving During 4th of July Celebrations

The 4th of July is a time of fireworks and celebrations—but it’s also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk driving accidents. To promote safe driving during this celebration, NHTSA developed campaigns and products including playbook guides, animated and static images, animated banner ads, earned media, and sample social media messages.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2021). Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed tables. Table 6.24A (REVISED). Retrieved from: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt35323/NSDUHDetailedTabs2020v25/NSDUHDetailedTabs2020v25/NSDUHDetTabsSect6pe2020.htm#tab6-24a

Date: 07/07/2022


New Resources for Summer Prevention and Celebrating Safely

Now Available in Spanish: Popular Prevention Resources from SAMHSA

SAMHSA has released Spanish-language versions of its underage drinking prevention fact sheets and data visualizations. These resources help parents and youth who are Spanish speaking learn more about the risks and harms caused by underage drinking and why it’s important to prevent underage alcohol use by youth and young adults. Read the full article for links to these resources.

This Summer, Urge Parents to Talk With Graduates About Celebrating Safely

NIAAA’s new fact sheet “Parents—Talk With Your High School Grads About Celebrating Safely” is a key prevention resource for parents this summer. It emphasizes the important role they play in preventing underage drinking and provides information about the negative impact of alcohol on a teenager’s developing brain, the importance of setting rules about alcohol use, and why serving as a role model is important.

Communities Talk About Webinar Available for On-Demand Viewing

SAMHSA recently launched a new online learning series called “Communities Talk About…”. The inaugural webinar episode, “Communities Talk About: Young Adult Leadership in Addressing Intersectionality to Advance Prevention,” explored the importance of prevention strategies that prioritize the intersecting identities and lived experiences of youth and young adults.

Date: 06/09/2022


Communities Talk About Virtual Session Recording and Prevention Success Stories

SAMHSA’s Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives launched a new online learning series, “Communities Talk About…” The first session, “Communities Talk About: Young Adult Leadership in Addressing Intersectionality to Advance Prevention,” featured experts from top youth-led organizations and explored the importance of developing prevention strategies within the context of the intersectional, lived experiences of youth/young adults. Intersectionality is a lens through which prevention professionals can gain a better understanding of how personal identities—such as gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation—intersect and create specific lived experiences for people and communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on mental and emotional health of children and youth. As Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy states in Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory, “The challenges today’s generation of young people face are unprecedented and uniquely hard to navigate. And the effect these challenges have had on their mental health is devastating.” Read the full article for more information and to see success stories from communities that have addressed mental health in their own work through the Communities Talk initiative.

Date: 05/05/2022


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