Substance Use Resources
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Drug & Alcohol Info
National middle & high school survey that includes questions on substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors, and breaks down data by state.
Survey of national youth drug trends conducted for 25+ years.
Surveys national drug abuse trends in kids age 12+.
Annual national survey by the CDC of Youth behaviors, attitudes & exposure related to nicotine products.
SUBSTANCE SCIENCE & RISKS
Scientific Information about all drugs of abuse and how to assess problems.
Anti-nicotine education, research, and activism
Up-to-date Info on ecigs. Great collection of articles.
A visual overview of vaping devices, products and how they are used
Report from Surgeon General
Comprehensive FREE substance education curriculum from the Drug Policy Alliance. Takes a progressive harm reduction approach, with a social justice and trauma-informed lens.
Too Good for Drugs
Evidence-based comprehensive K-12 curricula programs ranging from $180-$265/grade K-8 and $400 for all of high school.
An extensive collection of science and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs created by NIDA.
Lesson plans, printables and articles for students
A large selection of videos from diverse familiar role models with discussion guides and worksheets that make for easy (and last-minute) powerful classes.
Information, lesson plans and interactive web-based activities for infusing the study of drugs and addictions into science curriculum for 6-12th.
Great website for tweens/teens, with substance info and empowerment to challenge peer and media pressure, and take care of friends. A good site to use for a Webquest.
Teen-targeted (DEA) website with drug stats and info and relatable real-life teen addiction stories
Media literacy for elementary students re: drugs and alcohol
Articles, advice and videos re: teen-targeted pro-use media messages, how they impact our youth, and how to help kids arm themselves against them.
Bi-lingual e-learning game-based modules for middle and high schoolers from MD Anderson Cancer Centers.
FREE ecig & prevention program for middle and high school with 4 lessons at 30-40 minutes designed to be student-centered learning facilitated by peer leaders. Uses a variety of educational strategies including: cooperative learning groups, group discussions, goal setting, interviews, and analyzing mass media.The program also provides teacher education, online resources, and take-home materials for parents.
Free You & Me, Together Vape Free Curriculum for middle and high school - 6 lesson, remote options available, Mapped for the National Health Education Standards. Features engaging Canva-based lessons that are editable!
A free 4-lesson curriculum for High School students (40 mins each) in partnership with the Truth Initiative that focus on problem use, quitting and alternatives.
Toolkit for Schools from MA Dpt of Health, includes a wealth of resources for admin, counselors and health educators including adaptable resources (powerpoint presentations, handouts) to educate parents/staff.
SmokeSCREEN: A Smoking/Vaping Prevention Videogame
Online game for ages 10-16 developed by Yale & CVS partnership. Early data showing it effectively increasing knowledge and attitude shifting re: smoking and ecig use.
Get Smart about Tobacco (Scholastic)
Health and Science education lessons re: nicotine products for grades 3-7
Single High School lesson plan (including newest data) from a collaboration between the U.S. FDA & Scholastic.
Complete and comprehensive training program for Youth Peer Educators in middle and high school!
CDC Presentation materials for any adults serving youth ages 11 – 18 including PowerPoint and talking points.
Free 5-lesson Curriculum for middle and high school created by the same awesome Stanford folk that brought us the Tobacco Toolkit. Features engaging Canva-based lessons that are editable!
Free videos & lesson plans, games for teaching middle schoolers re: alcohol's affects on the developing brain. From the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
Resources for media literacy lesson (mocking alcohol advertising industry):
AlcoholEdu® for High School
Free curriculum takes a public health approach to alcohol ed, incorporating evidence-based prevention methods
Facts, research and an extensive marketing gallery on alcohol marketing and it’s impact on youth.
Free high school curriculum on the dangers of fentanyl-laced Rx drugs and teaching materials for any staff member to facilitate.
3 free high school lessons for infusion into health, economics and chemistry class.
Alternatives to Suspension
1, 2 or 4-hr Curriculum modules from Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit covers four main topics: Health Effects, Your Brain, Messaging, and Cost. The top program for Suspension Alternatives.
Free self-paced online educational modules for middle and high schoolers from MD Anderson Cancer Centers.
Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction that got them in trouble in the first place.
A report from the Truth Initiative discouraging suspension as a response to on-campus nicotine use.
Nicotine Cessation Resources
Teens receive 5 free text, phone or online support in the form of 5 sessions with a “Personal Quitting Coach” that uses motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral strategies.
This text-based program from “Truth Initiative” involves receiving messages focused on building skills and confidence, and instant support when needed.
Free smartphone app to guide teens and young adults in quitting nicotine. Serves as a coach, cheerleader and distracting playmate all in one!
Includes online chat support and quit planning
Sign up by texting QUIT to 47848
In Spanish: text LIBRE to 47848
For members of American Indian communities in CO, ID, IA, KS, MA, MI, NV, ND, PA, UT, VT, WY. Includes live conversations with trained health professionals, email and text support.
Telephone Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
From the (American Academy of Pediatrics)
From The American College of Preventative Medicine
Take Action Hub from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Presents regularly updated opportunities to speak up against tobacco industry and those supporting it.
Envites youth to join an anti-tobacco movement, including contacting elected officials, taking community leadership, and opportunities to fulfill community service hours.
Started by a 17 yr old who suffered a collapsed lung from vaping
Includes model language for the adoption, implementation and enforcement of a 100% tobacco-free school district policy, as well as recommendations for curriculum, alternatives to suspension and cessation resources for students.
Resources to Share with Parents