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Back to top - is the web portal for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) and serves as a gateway to comprehensive research and resources on prevention. This website also provides information on hosting Town Hall Meetings to prevent underage drinking. - The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA supports collegiate peer educators and advisors by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create campus environments which are healthy and safe. - While FACE The Prevention Resource Group is no longer operational, there are select resources as free downloads. You will find high resolution PDFs of poster concepts, youth focused materials, policy initiatives, community organizing options, case studies, logos, surveys, films, and handouts. - Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems through scientific research that is publicized to health care providers, policy makers and the public.

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking 2013 - This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services document reports on the prevalence and nature of underage drinking and the national efforts and best practices to address the problem. It also reports on state policies, enforcement activities, and prevention programs underway to address underage drinking. - Alcohol Justice is an alcohol industry watchdog and resource for solutions to community alcohol problems. - The "Talk. They Hear You." campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9 to 15 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.

Back to top - Above the Influence is a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The goal of the program is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. Their belief is the more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. - This site provides parent strategies and tips for raising healthy, drug-free children. - The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is to improve behavioral health through evidence-based prevention approaches.

Back to top - Illinois Alcohol and Drug Dependency Association (IADDA) advocates sound public policy that will create healthier families and safer communities. - Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCCA) certifies ATOD professionals in Illinois, including preventionists. - Illinois Department of Human Services offers professionals and individuals information about the department’s programs for substance abuse prevention and treatment. - Illinois Liquor Control Commission is the lead agency in Illinois for reducing youth access to both alcohol and tobacco. The site has downloadable information about state prevention campaigns and liquor laws. - The Illinois Higher Education Center (IHEC) for Alcohol, other Drug and Violence Prevention is located at Eastern Illinois University. IHEC's mission is to reduce negative health and safety consequences to Illinois college students related to alcohol, other drugs and violence and to increase college and community environmental factors that support healthy and safe norms. - Lighthouse Institute, Chestnut Health Systems helps preventionists improve the quality of their services through research, training and publishing.

Back to top - America's Promise is an alliance of businesses, communities and public agencies focusing on providing resources for at-risk children. - Big Brothers/Big Sisters is the world’s premiere mentoring program for children and youth. - Boys & Girls Clubs of America promote and enhance young people’s development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. - Illinois Department of Children and Family Services features timely information about protected children from abuse, foster care, adoption and day care licensing. - National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides information critical to improving the health of children and families, including resources in many languages. - National Mentoring Partnership offers advice to organizations seeking to start a mentoring program or improve an existing program. - Parents, teachers and kids want to stop bullying in schools, at home and in the community. Bullying hurts everyone - the bully, the target, the bystander and the family. This website provides useful tipsheets, activites, and booklets on the topic of bullying. - Voices for Illinois Children advocates for the health and well-being of children through legislative updates and statistics on Illinois children by county.

Back to top - Minority Health Network is an Internet portal to sites detailing the health of specific minority groups and specific diseases. - Urban/Minority Families covers numerous publications directed toward urban and minority families, including reviews of educational publications and short articles for parents about their children’s schooling.

Back to top - Drug Strategies provides tools for assessing community coalitions and promoting their sustainability. - Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies serves as a network for Illinois nonprofit corporations and units of local government that strive to raise the health, education and economic standards of Illinois’ citizens living at lower social and economic margins. - Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) offers community development opportunities including grants, job training, technical assistance for manufacturers, educational programs for local officials and more. - Prevention Institute presents eight steps for effective coalition building. - SAMHSA's Mayor's Resource Guide on Behavioral Health Issues equips mayors and other local public health officials with strategies and resources to use in their role in shaping community responses that promote mental health and substance abuse recovery and ensure that needed treatments and services are available.

Back to top - Illinois State Police information is useful for the general public, as well as for professionals working in the fields of prevention, crime, safety, education and the like. - National Crime Prevention Council offers training and tools; information on community initiatives; information on protecting yourself, your home and your family; a special youth section; and samples of McGruff public-service announcements. Information posted on the site is also available in Spanish. - National Criminal Justice Reference Center has downloadable brochures on underage drinking, drug abuse, domestic violence and more. - The mission of the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts is to promote Problem-Solving Courts in Illinois by providing education, assistance, training, and development through collaboration of behavioral health and justice systems.

Back to top - American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence features fact sheets such as "Five Ways to Fight Domestic Violence" and statistics on domestic violence. - Illinois Attorney General provides a directory of domestic violence and sexual assault services. - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence gives guidelines for starting a domestic violence shelter and community-based information about domestic violence awareness. - Prevent Child Abuse America leads the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.

Back to top - Center for Prevention Research and Development offers research, technical assistance and expertise in the areas of school improvement, health and human service reform and prevention science. - Education Atlas is a one-stop map of education and learning resources worldwide. - Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) houses a searchable database of writings on educational issues. - offers practical guidance, grade-specific information and family activities to help parents positively influence their children’s education and overall development. - Helping Your Child Series includes parent guides and other resources to help children succeed in school and in life. Some guides are available in Spanish. - Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children advocates for the rights, needs and well-being of young children by educating, supporting and collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations. - Illinois State Board of Education covers broad education issues, No Child Left Behind and many other state programs. - National Center on Education and the Economy advocates for standards-based reform of school design, school leadership and workforce development. - National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education is a coalition of major education, community, public-service and advocacy organizations that believe in the improvement of learning through family-school relationships. - National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education was created to carry out a comprehensive program of research, development and dissemination to improve early-childhood development and education by focusing on the three Rs of early childhood education: relationships, resilience and readiness. - National Mental Health and Education Center: Resources for Families provides guides for parents on topics such as creating successful readers, being advocates for children with learning disabilities and whether children should repeat grades. - New Horizons for Learning is an international, nonprofit educational network offering expanded views of teaching, learning, and developing intelligence more fully. - North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL) provides high quality, research-based resources to educators and policy makers on topics such as literacy, No Child Left Behind and after-school programs.

Back to top - Partnership for a Drug-Free America provides answers, guidance, tips and stories related to drug prevention, drug intervention, drug treatment and recovery. - Is your teen drinking or using drugs? Time to Act is a new resource for parents who suspect or know their teen is drinking or using drugs. - The Partnership at is a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults. - Children, Youth, and Family Consortium - University of Minnesota maintains an electronic clearinghouse of research, articles and resources on topics such as families and learning, fathering, disabilities, work and family life, and parenting. - Illinois Fatherhood Initiative works to connect children and fathers by helping men to be better fathers and father figures. - Illinois PTA provides information on children’s programs and career-oriented education, and links to legislative updates and local PTA sites. - National Fatherhood Initiative works to improve the well-being of children by increasing the involvement, commitment and responsibility of fathers in children’s lives. - National Parent Information Network provides information to parents and those who work with parents. - National PTA: Parent Involvement offers advice on helping children succeed and general tips on parenting. - Parents as Teachers is a nonprofit parent- and family-support organization that provides parents with practical information on child development, focusing on the early years.

Back to top - Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) establishes policies and priorities for the nation's program to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences. - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides federal leadership on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, including prevention of alcohol and other substance use and abuse. - SAMHSA promotes and implements prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders in America’s communities. - Illinois Attorney General’s Office includes information on how coalitions are fighting the spread of methamphetamine, how coalitions develop and obtain funding, and the training and technical assistance available to them. - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides traffic safety information on airbags, alcohol/DUI, child safety and seat belts. - Illinois Gateway -- Secretary of State's Office offers access to driver/vehicle services, organ donation information and the Illinois State Library. Online ATOD information includes the .08 law, digitized drivers’ licenses to prevent identification misuse, zero-tolerance law and "Straight ID." - Illinois Governor's Office includes press releases, text of speeches, contacts and pictures. - Illinois State Legislature details current legislation, session schedules and Illinois statutes and laws. - State of Illinois includes information about Illinois state government, tourism and trade. - The Illinois Department of Corrections Addiction Recovery Management Services Unit offers information on the department of corrections substance abuse programs. - The Research & Analysis Unit of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority offers a wide range of alcohol and substance abuse materials and resources that are useful to justice system practitioners, planners, researchers, students, and the general public. - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides consolidated fact sheets, collection options, useful partner links and other information on the disposal of medications. 

Back to top - About Health offers columns about alcohol for young people and parents/caregivers. - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence offers resources, training and technical assistance devoted to the prevention and treatment of FASD. - Illinois Department of Public Health offers a catalog of publications, fact sheets, news releases, public health statistics and information on how to obtain public records. - Illinois Planned Parenthood offers guides to clinics, Illinois law, STDs, birth control and abortion. - National Center for Health Education (NCHE) designs and disseminates health-education programs that cover topics including violence prevention, drug prevention, HIV and AIDS, sexuality education, STDs, sexual abuse, birth control and pregnancy. - National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected by FAS. - The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is a nonpartisan policy and program-resource center offering a student portal with links to games, information and activities on many health topics. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through partnerships. - The Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA) promotes the development of quality community behavioral-health programs, including mental health, alcohol, substance abuse, rural mental health and children and adolescents.

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General Facts and Information

Facts and Information about Heroin
The Partnership at is a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resource existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and other drug abuse with teens and young adults.

Basic and Easy to Understand Fact Sheet about Heroin
This Above the Influence fact sheet is a basic and easy to understand fact sheet focused on what heroin is and the risks associated with use.

What is Heroin?
A fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency focused on what heroin is, the origins of heroin, overdose effects, and legal status.  Page 36 of the PDF focuses solely on information about heroin.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

Heroin Abuse Signs, Symptoms, and Addiction
Individuals who abuse heroin may exhibit a number of signs and symptoms.  However, not all abusers will react to heroin in the same way.  While signs and symptoms of abuse may vary from person to person, most people exhibit certain symptoms and behaviors indicative of an abuse problem.

Heroin: Topic Overview and Signs of Use
A basic overview of the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse and health risks associated with heroin use.

Heroin Signs, Symptoms, and Addiction
This website provides a comprehensive overview of heroin addiction signs and symptoms and a look at the serious damage to the abusers mind, body, and general quality of life.

Heroin Use Statistics

Heroin Statistics and Research Report
This comprehensive research report series offers the latest scientific information on heroin use, statistics, consequences of use, and treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  **Updated in February 2014**

Heroin Statistics and Trends
This quick reference offers a look at heroin use using the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey and the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).  Also included are links to more educational resources on heroin.

Heroin Information and Resouces for Children

PBS Kids – Heroin Information for Kids
In this PBS Kids Go article kids are given a general overview of what heroin is, side-effects, health risks, and why using heroin is a problem.  **Materials written and presented for a younger audience**

KidsHealth – Heroin Overview and Information
Heroin is a very addictive and dangerous drug, but introducing too much information about heroin can easily frighten and overwhelm children.  KidsHealth provides kid friendly information so young kids can learn more about heroin.

Heroin Information and Resources

Tips for Teens – The Truth about Heroin
A teen friendly resource to help teens get the facts about how heroin affects the brain and the body.

NIDA for Teens – What is Heroin?
A resource to help teens understand the science behind drug abuse.  Information is provided to teens about what heroin is, how heroin is used, the effects of heroin, information on heroin addiction, and what to do if they know someone who abuses heroin.

Heroin Information and Resources for Parents

Heroin: What Parents Need to Know
A basic overview to assist and educate parents on what heroin is, how it is used, and what heroin does to the brain and body.

Know! To Talk about Heroin
While some parents might question whether or not they really need to talk with their teen about heroin, this article focuses on why parents of the average teen should take the time to educate their child on the dangers of heroin use.

How to Help Your Child if They are Using Drugs
This website includes tool-kits on how to prevent drug use at different ages, how to spot drug and alcohol use, and also provides resources for parents on what to do if your child is using and where to go for help.

Heroin Information and Resources Specific to Chicago and the Chicago Suburbs

Heroin in the Chicago Suburbs
The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) launched a heroin prevention initiative to reduce the alarming number of deaths among youth in Chicago’s collar counties.  This document details essential facts about heroin use in the Chicago suburbs.

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use – Full Report

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use – Executive Summary
Research findings from the Reed Hruby Heroin Prevention Project at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education.  In cooperation with the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy and Roosevelt University.

Back to top - Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse offers information on illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug policy and treatment and prevention efficacy.

Back to top - This information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is targeted to teens, and provides facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects. - The Partnership's Drug Guide provides information on marijuana and more than 40 other commonly-abused drugs.

Back to top - Chicago Sun-Times maintains archives dating back to 1986. Searches are free; the full text of articles more than two weeks old is available for a fee. - Chicago Tribune enables searches on articles published since 1985. Searches are free; the full text of articles is available for a fee. - Community Media Workshop provides assistance to Chicago-area community and civic groups to get news and feature stories about their work in the media.

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Corporation for National and Community Service - Offers a resource center equipped with tools, training, event calendars, printed publications, videos, and other information to strengthen programs. The Resource Center serves as a learning exchange for programs to share innovations and effective practices.

Evaluation, Management, and Training (EMT) - A leading research organization in the field of mentoring, EMT features free downloadable resources on program startup, sustainability, best practices, marketing, special populations, and training.

Mentor Peer Resources - This website provides various resources, documents, training materials and network opportunities for those who are interested or currently offer mentor programs.

National Mentoring Center - Provides dedicated training and technical assistance to mentoring programs, and houses the Mentor Exchange listserv. Web site offers an array of free downloadable, training curricula, research and tools to support mentoring.

National Mentoring Partnership - Holds the largest database of mentoring opportunities, offers support, resources, legislative advocacy, and information to strengthen youth mentoring programs and encourages adults to serve as mentors.

National Network of Youth Ministries - Offers a collection of mentor recruitment and promotional materials free of charge and available for download or order.

Public/Private Ventures - P/PV produces valuable research-based products in the field of mentoring. This Web site houses research on various forms of mentoring, the practices of effective mentoring, and the administrative structures that facilitate mentoring programs. Most information is available for free download.

US Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center - This web site provides online resources, guidebooks and evaluation tools for mentoring programs. Topics include: background checks and screening, training, research, program design and management, school/community partnerships, serving special populations, sustainability planning and fundraising, and volunteer recruitment.

Washington State Mentoring - Provides assistance with training, recruitment, resource development, data collection, public awareness and policy to support quality mentoring.

Big Brothers Big Sisters - The BBBS program has more than 100 years of mentoring experience. The program is designed to provide professional one-on-one mentoring to youth, ages 6-18. The youth and mentor meet for as little as one hour per week in various settings to promote long lasting and rewarding relationships.

For more info about BBBS or to find a location near you, visit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Mentor Peer Resources - This site helps locate programs in your area providing mentoring services, with various characteristics, visit the Mentors Peer Resources Database. You can search the database easily by entering the full name of your city and state into the search query.

Tutor Mentor Connection - The information contained on the Tutor Mentor Connection web site will direct you to various mentoring programs throughout Chicagoland. Begin your search for a program in your area at Tutor Mentor Connection.

Back to top - Visit the Illinois Attorney General's Meth Net home page for information on meth in Illinois.

Back to top - A commentary from Drug Enforcement Administration on ending this epidemic. - Numerous resources for parents, grandparents, health care providers, educators, communities, and law enforcement. - Information on the Drug Enforcment Administration's National Drug Take Back Day events.

Back to top - Education for Conflict Resolution, Inc.  promotes the development of conflict-resolution education in schools by offering quality conflict-resolution professional-development programs. - National School Safety Center promotes safe schools and quality education with school violence statistics, issues discussions and listings of publications, products and training programs.

Back to top - Helping Your Child Series includes parent guides and other resources to help children succeed in school and in life. Some guides are available in Spanish. - National Criminal Justice Reference Center has downloadable brochures on underage drinking, drug abuse, domestic violence and more.

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Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention: Evidence & Implications – A White Paper (SAMHSA) - This white paper provides an overview of the advances made over the past decade in substance abuse prevention and treatment and suicide prevention. It addresses the epidemiology of suicide, provides an overview of what we know about the impact of substance abuse on suicide risk, and explores suicide prevention in the context of behavioral health promotion and illness prevention.

TIP 50: Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment, 2009 - TIP 50 provides counselors with tools to use in treatment and agency administrators with ways to ensure that suicide ideation is detected and addressed early and appropriately. TIP 50 also provides insights on how various drugs used by clients might affect mood and addresses cultural and gender issues that could influence behavior.

Video companion

Quick Guide for Clinicians

Collaboration Continuum for Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention - a Web-based resource designed to help suicide prevention programs build and strengthen connections with their substance abuse prevention and treatment counterparts. The Continuum contains a collection of practical tools and resources to help partners be effective and strategic in their work together.  Partners also can  use this worksheet to find out where you are on the Continuum and to identify strengths, areas of improvement, and steps for reinforcing your partnership.  The website also provides materials on what the phases of collaboration looks like.

Suicide Prevention and the Clinical Workforce: Guidelines for Training of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – set of new training guidelines for better preparing health, human services, and behavioral health professionals to treat those at risk for suicide. 


Illinois trainings

National webinar

      • Understanding  the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tells Us – 2014 (SAMHSA Prevention Training and Technical Assistance) - The first in a two-part series, this webinar examined current research findings on the connections between substance abuse and suicide, highlighting in particular factors that contribute to both problems and can be addressed in a coordinated way.
      • Mobilizing Partnerships  and Resources to Address Substance and Suicide – 2014 (SAMHSA Prevention Training and Technical Assistance) - The second in a two-part series, this webinar was designed to prepare practitioners to work across disciplines to address substance abuse and suicide. Participants explored the essential ingredients of effective collaboration, and learned about some of the innovative ways practitioners are working together to prevent these related problem.
      • Alcohol Use, Depression and Young People: Implications for Addressing Suicide Risk – 2010 (Suicide Prevention Resource Center) - An overview of what we know and don’t know about the impact of alcohol use on mental health and suicide and the implications for suicide prevention planning. This webinar is suitable for a wide range of alcohol and suicide prevention practitioners at the state and community level, tribes, and colleges and universities

Power point presentations

Suicide Prevention Resources

For additional suicide prevention information, please contact the Suicide Prevention Program, Illinois Department of Public Health at  217-782-3300.

Back to top - American Cancer Society includes extensive statistics, news, support services and information on cancer protection and The Great American Smoke Out. - American Lung Association offers tobacco-prevention information, help to stop smoking and other resources. - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the largest non-government initiative ever launched to protect children from tobacco addiction. - The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health provides news, tobacco-control and smoking-cessation resources, historical and legal information, and links to related sites. - Tobacco Control Archives (TCA) is a central, organized source for papers, unpublished documents and electronic resources relevant to tobacco control. - features news, information, assistance for smokers trying to quit, alerts for tobacco-control advocates and open debate on the wide spectrum of tobacco issues.

Back to top - The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse oversees a comprehensive, statewide system of substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services. - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a treatment locator to find local help for alcoholism and substance abuse.

Back to top National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reviews information about violence in the workplace, summarizes issues surrounding workplace violence and proposes new strategies for prevention. - United States Department of Labor helps employers develop violence-, drug- and alcohol-free workplaces. - United States Office of Personnel Management highlights the handbook, "Dealing with Workplace Violence: A Guide for Agency Planners." - Workplace Violence Research Institute provides workplace-violence-prevention programs for business, industry and public agencies.