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What’s New

Communities Talk What’s New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

New SAMHSA resources for college drinking prevention, substance misuse prevention, and mental health


New SAMHSA resource focuses on embracing culture and context for prevention strategies

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) educate students in a culturally specific context, which requires a tailored approach to underage drinking prevention. Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking, the second episode in SAMHSA’s College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives series, shows how HBCUs Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD) created prevention strategies to meet the unique needs of a campus community with a strong history and culture.

The College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series illustrates and promotes specific, evidence-based strategies that college faculty and staff, including college presidents, can use to reduce and prevent underage drinking on campus. The videos also highlight tools colleges can use to prevent and reduce underage drinking among students.

The first video in the series, Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University, focuses on successful individual- and environmental-level strategies implemented by the campus community to address underage and high-risk drinking.

Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) Resources

The SAMHSA-funded PTTC Network provides technical assistance and learning resources for you to use in your substance misuse prevention efforts. Below are some of the resources on the topic of underage drinking and alcohol misuse prevention that you can begin using right now.

SAMHSA Addresses Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults

SAMHSA’s new public message on Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults offers resources to support those concerned about someone who may be drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with mental illness get the help they need. Resources include information and videos to support SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.