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Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance abuse is an increasing problem among youth today. Most abuse can begin during preteen and teenage years which can create a greater risk of addiction affecting not only their own lives but of their family and friends as well. 

The following are resources available for parents, professionals, and youth to educate and prevent substance abuse in children and adolescents.

Visit the DA's Heroin Prevention Task Force website for more information

Fact Sheets / Tips / Flyers
Teen Drug Abuse EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
For Parents: Teen Drug Abuse HOW TO APPROACH AND RESPOND
Tween and Teen Health: Drug Abuse TALK TO YOUR TEENS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE

Relevant Agencies / Organizations
National Institute on Drug Abuse THE SCIENCE OF DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION
National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA for Teens ALL ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF DRUG USE, FOR TEENS
National Youth Network ABOUT TEEN AND ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Floral Park Police Department Youth Program POLICE AS SOURCE FOR COVERING IMPORTANT TOPICS WITH STUDENTS
NYS Department of Health UPDATED INFORMATION ON ALL HEALTH RELATED TOPICS
Be Tobacco Free INFORMATION ON SMOKING AND HOW TO QUIT
Drug Free REDUCING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG ADOLESCENTS
Pact360 POLICE AND COMMUNITIES COMNGI TOGETHER TO FIGHT ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research RESEARCH CENTER DEDICATED TO DECREASING TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Withdrawal.org HOW TO DEAL WITH WITHDRAWEL AND MOVING FORWARD
American Lung Association TOBACCO USE AMONG CHILDREN AND TEENS
Publications / Studies
Evidence from a populated-based cohort study
 
Media Materials
The problem, prevention and awareness, and what you can do to help
 
A guide for development and improvement- Understanding substance abuse and working as a community to create a program
 
Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis (PDF)
Steps to forming the proper program to take care of the problem
 
Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Abuse (PDF)
Improving quality of life, reducing crime and deaths, and lowering healthcare costs
 
Planning and executing drug prevention in communities among children and teens
 
How Hoffman's death saved 10 lives
 
Hoffman's death is a result of our drug laws
News Coverage