Virtual Clearinghouse of Resources

Fact sheets, brochures, toolkits, videos, and links to even more resources are provided for download and sharing. If you are unable to find the resource you are looking for, please contact, and we will work with you to locate the information.

Alcohol/Underage Drinking

Underage Drinking


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Helpful Websites

Alcohol Justice is an alcohol industry watchdog and resource for solutions to community alcohol problems.

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 healthcare providers, policymakers, and the public.

SAMHSA's Talk. They Hear You campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9 to 15 by providing parents and caregivers with the information and resources they need to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.


General Information

Helpful Websites and Videos

Research and Publications

Toolkits and Infographics

Club Drugs




The Truth About Inhalants (pdf)



What are inhalants? Learn about inhalants, its street names, what happens to your brain and body when you use inhalants, and more.


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The Truth About Meth

What is meth? Learn about methamphetamine, its street names, what it looks like, and more.

How Meth Destroys the Body Learn how meth affects the brain and body, visible signs of meth use, and more.

Methamphetamine-An Overview National Institute on Drug Abuse research report series.



Helpful Websites

NIH logoWhat are Opioids? Opioid drugs include heroin but also doctor-prescribed drugs that relieve pain.

Heroin and Other Opioids Learn about heroin and other opioids as well as how to take action against this epidemic.

Facts and Information about Heroin from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - Learn exactly what heroin is, the effects, street names, how it is used, and more.

Basic and Easy to Understand Fact Sheet about Heroin - Above the Influence fact sheet that focuses on what heroin is and the risks associated with use.

Information on Heroin Abuse - 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 Overview and Signs of Use - WebMD A basic overview from WebMD of the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse and health risks associated with heroin use.

Heroin Overview and Signs of Use - provides a comprehensive overview of heroin addiction signs and symptoms and a look at the serious damage to the mind, body, and general quality of life.

Heroin Research Report - This comprehensive research report series from NIH offers the latest scientific information on heroin use, statistics, consequences of use, and treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.

Heroin Statistics and Trends - This quick reference offers a look at heroin use with the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey and the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Also included are links to more educational resources on heroin.

Heroin Prevention Program Research and Evaluation - The Robert Crown Center Heroin Prevention Program focuses on primary prevention, providing middle school and high school students, their parents and school staff with the scientific and social/emotional learning content to understand the risk of drug use, specifically targeting prescription pain medication and heroin.

What is Heroin? - A resource from NIDA for Teens 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: What Parents Need to Know
A basic overview from to assist and educate parents on what heroin is, how it is used, and what heroin does to the brain and body.

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use – Executive Summary 

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use – Full Report
The Robert Crown Center Heroin Prevention Program focuses on primary prevention, providing middle school and high school students, their parents and school staff with the scientific and social/emotional learning content to understand the risk of drug use, specifically targeting prescription pain medication and heroin. The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC), in partnership with the Reed Hruby Foundation, commissioned original research conducted by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy which provides the basis for RCC’s heroin prevention education.

What is fentanyl? - Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is much more powerful.

Misuse of Prescription Drugs - Physicians, their patients, and pharmacists all can play a role in identifying and preventing nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medications - Some medications have mind-altering properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused—that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed.

Toolkits, Infographics, and Educator Resources

CADCA's Online Rx Prevention Toolkit - CADCA's Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit contains facts, strategies, and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx medicine abuse in your community. This newly revised toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change. Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies

Operation Prevention Parent Toolkit

Operation Prevention Classroom Resources

NIDA Opioids and the Overdose Epidemic Lesson

Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents

Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents-Spanish

Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, and Vaping


 Helpful Websites

Facts About Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarettes: Facts, stats, and regulations

Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

American Lung Association: E-Cigarettes

Expert Views E-Cigarettes (Center On Addiction)

The Real Costs of Vaping

Know the Risks

Know The Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People

This website is a product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, created through a partnership between the Office of the U.S Surgeon General and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health.

NIDA Drug Facts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.

A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Get the tools you need to quit smoking and live a longer, healthier life.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the largest non-government initiative ever launched to protect children from tobacco addiction.

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.

Illinois Liquor Control Commission

Illinois and Federal tobacco laws

Toolkits, Infographics, and Videos

National and State Websites

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 Illinois Resources

Illinois Association for Behavioral Health advocates for sound public policy to create healthier families and safer communities.

Illinois PTA provides information on children’s programs and career-oriented education and links to legislative updates and local PTA sites.

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) is the state’s lead agency for addressing the profound personal, social, and economic consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse.

Illinois Helpline for Opioids & Other Substances The Illinois Department of Human Services supports and offers treatment services for substance use disorders through an extensive treatment provider network throughout Illinois. For more information and resources, click to locate a provider or treatment facility.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides traffic safety information on airbags, alcohol/DUI, child safety, and seat belts.

Illinois Secretary of State Office offers access to driver/vehicle services, organ donation information, and the Illinois State Library. Online ATOD information includes the .08 law, digitized driver’s licenses to prevent identification misuse, zero-tolerance law, and "Straight ID.”

Illinois Office of the Governor includes a newsroom, FOIA information/contacts, request links, and a fair tax calculator. 

Illinois General Assembly details current legislation, session schedules, and Illinois statutes and laws. includes information about Illinois state government, tourism, and trade.

The Addiction Recovery Management Services Unit (ARMSU) of the Illinois Department of Corrections provides extensive training, clinical supervision, and education to IDOC, vendors, and other local and state agency staff.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides consolidated fact sheets, collection options, useful partner links, and other information on the disposal of medications.

Center for Prevention Research and Development offers research, technical assistance, and expertise in school improvement, health and human service reform, and prevention science. 

Illinois State Board of Education covers broad education issues, such as No Child Left Behind and many other state programs. 

The Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA) is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization representing the interests of community behavioral healthcare agencies in Illinois. 

Federal Resources

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President, which works to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) promotes and implements prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders in America’s communities.

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention aims to improve behavioral health through evidence-based prevention approaches.

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.

AbovetheInfluence was a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The program aims to help teens stand up to negative pressures. They believe 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 page is no longer updated; however, may have helpful information.

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