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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.

Getting Youth Involved in Your Communities Talk Activities


Our world has changed in profound ways because of COVID-19, including the way that we do prevention. But one thing that doesn’t need to change is the role youth play in planning and participating in underage drinking prevention activities.

Even in a world that is social distancing, youth can and should play an important role in Communities Talk activity planning. For inspiration on how to get youth involved in your next Communities Talk, check out the story video on the Communities TalkWhy Get Involved” video on the homepage.

This short video highlights some of the ways communities get youth involved in the prevention movement, keep them engaged, and help reduce the prevalence of underage drinking. Be sure to check back regularly, as more resources become available to help with activity planning, implementation and stipend registration!

NEW! Prevention Graphics Gallery

SAMHSA has developed three new data visualizations designed to facilitate conversations between children and parents or other caring adults, and support community efforts to prevent underage drinking. The visualizations bring key findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to life by creating a narration that helps outlines how communities get informed, stay prepared and take action. The data visualizations are available to download in the Prevention Graphics Gallery.

Getting Ahead of a Problem helps parents and other caring adults understand why it’s important to have conversations about underage drinking with their children. It also highlights where they can go important information.

Be Prepared outlines the link between underage drinking and other harmful substances such as marijuana. It encourages parents and other caring adults to talk with their children about the harmful consequences of substance misuse.

Take Action shows the progress that has been made to reduce underage drinking when communities take real steps towards prevention. It provides resources that communities can use to keep the momentum going.