Special Topics in Substance Use Prevention

Special Topics

Suicide and Substance Use

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.

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 effectively and strategically work together. Partners can also 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 look like.

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Specific Audiences

Parents and Guardians

6 Parenting Practices to Help Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem (PDF)

Answering Your Child's Tough Questions

Drug Guide for Parents

How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs If You Did Drugs

Keeping Your Teens Drug-Free: A Family Guide

Keeping Your Teens Drug-Free: A Guide for African American Parents and Caregivers

Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use

A Parents Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use

A Parent's Guide to Raising Resilient Kids

Party Planning Tips for an Alcohol-Safe and Drug-Free Holiday Season

The Power of Grandparents

Talking to Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs: 5 Conversation Goals

Write a Contract With Your Kids

Family Education

This site offers practical guidance, grade-specific information, and family activities to help parents positively influence their children’s education and overall development.

How to Spot the Signs of Teen or Young Adult Substance Use 

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 their child is using and where to go for help.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking. The Power of Parents is a MADD program that empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.

Partnership to End Addiction

This site provides personalized support and resources for families impacted by addiction while mobilizing policymakers, researchers, and healthcare professionals to more effectively address addiction systemically on a national scale.

Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) - Parental Addiction 

Resources and support for families struggling with parental addiction.

Talk They Hear You

SAMHSA’s substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. This site provides links to the campaign Mobile Application, Parent Resources, Partner Resources, and more.


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