Visit the resources below to further your knowledge on the dangers of substance abuse:
ACT Missouri is a private non-profit organization which promotes drug and alcohol awareness throughout the state of Missouri. ACT Missouri supports a number of local coalitions and helps to facilitate communication between community groups. In their effort to create healthy, drug-free communities, ACT Missouri partners with other statewide agencies to achieve their goals.
CADCA works to reduce substance abuse internationally through the establishment of multi-sector anti-drug community coalitions. CADCA offers training, technical assistance and other resources on how to build effective community coalitions to non-governmental organizations and community groups in numerous countries affected by the cultivation, trafficking and use of illicit drugs and alcohol problems.
The substance abuse website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links visitors to the latest information on the hazardous effects of illegal drug use and the latest substance abuse-related research.
This site deals with the description of club drugs, how they are abused and the ultimate effects of them on the body.
Curiosity+Heroin takes the "curiosity killed the cat" expression and highlights how trying heroin even once can be lethal. This website also provides up-to-date information about heroin abuse and heroin-related deaths in the St. Louis region.
Darryl Inaba, Uppers, downers, all arounders: physical and mental effects of psychoactive drugs, 6th ed. (Medford Or.: CNS Publications, 2007).
Teachers can benefit from the vast knowledge about drugs, alcohol and tobacco from this textbook. Inaba and Cohen provide content which relies on the most current data and studies, as well as practical information.
David Sheff, Beautiful boy: a father's journey through his son's addiction (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008).
This resource reveals firsthand the power of addiction. This book is written from a father's point of view as his son deals with a methamphetamine addiction. This memoir will give readers more understanding of the control drugs can have over a young life.
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. Through the website, the public can access Drug Fact Sheets, information about proper drug disposal and more.
Just Think Twice is a site run by the Drug Enforcement Administration geared specifically for teens. Here, teens can interact with one another to learn the truth about drugs, understand the difference between fact and fiction and hear about the real life-changing consequences of using drugs.
The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse is a community health agency serving the St Louis area. They work towards creating a community that is free from substance abuse by advocating for legislative and social policies that work towards their goals. They offer a variety of services from educational programming to treatment referrals.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. Visit their website to learn more about their research.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) conducts research across a broad range of disciplines. Additionally, NIDA ensures the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction. Visit their website to learn more about how NIDA is a leader in bringing the power of science to affect change in drug abuse and addiction.
Conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use and abuse in the general US population, age 12 and older. Visit their website to access data sets from 1997 through the present.
Prescription medications need to be disposed of in a safe manner. Drop boxes are available in locations across the country. This list has locations in both Illinois and Missouri.
Through its programs, policies, information and data, contracts and grants, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a leader in reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Visit their website to learn more about their strategic initiatives and their portfolio of programs and activities.
Substance use and abuse are real challenges that face youth and families in the St. Louis region. To help address this problem, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development has compiled a list of community resources that are available to assist with interventions.