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For Parents:

Partnership for a Drug Free America. This is a nonprofit organization that unites parents, renowned scientists and communications professionals to help families raise healthy children. Best known for its research-based national public education programs, the Partnership motivates and equips parents to prevent their children from using drugs and alcohol, and to find help and treatment for family and friends in trouble. The website includes interactive tools that translate the latest science and research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into easy to understand tips and tools. One of their new tools is "A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain".

The Teenage Brain:  Beautiful Brains:  Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults. (click here for article)

Family Guide. Designed for parents and other adults involved in the lives of 7- to 18-year-olds, the Family Guide website emphasizes the importance of family, promotes mental health, and helps prevent underage use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. It has some great activities and basic facts for parents. 

Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN). This is a network of Connecticut's 14 Regional Action Councils. For more information:

Connecticut Clearinghouse. This is a statewide resource for information about mental health, substance use disorders, health promotion, recovery and wellness. Material from our specialized library and resource center are available to Connecticut families, teachers, students, professionals, communities and children. For more information:

For Youth:

SADD To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

For Professionals:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. Their website includes great information, tools and other resources for: Students and Young Adults, Parents and Teachers, and Medical and Health Professionals. One of their resources is a 30-page booklet called "Drugs, Brains and Behavior: The Science of Addiction".

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources (SAMHSA). Website for resources related to Youth Development.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). DMHAS promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut. For more information:                                                                                                        

Join Together. This is a program of the Boston University School of Public Health. It provides information, strategic planning assistance and leadership development for community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug-policy, prevention, and treatment. We believe problems associated with alcohol and drugs can best be addressed at the community level. For more information:                                                                                                       


Magnitude and Prevention of Underage and College Drinking Problems. Representatives from our region attended a national conference for coalitions sponsored by CADCA. The Powerpoint presentation by Ralph Hingson, ScD from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism was made available. The information is excellent and we thought that some of the information could be useful for your local presentations, handouts, etc. To download the presentation, go to:

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