Resources for Youth and Young Adults

"I decided to make it a personal choice not to do drugs and alcohol

and to help prevent friends from using them."

- a Clark County Youth

Above the Influence http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/

A multi-media Web site about underage drinking and drug use.

Stay original. Be Yourself.  This website provides a good resource for teenagers to stay "above the influence" of drugs and alcohol.

American Lung Association - Washington State  http://www.alaw.org/tobacco_control/youth_prevention Tobacco prevention for youth.

Check Yourself http://www.checkyourself.org/

If you are concerned about your own drug or alcohol use, check out this Web site.

The Cool Spot http://www.thecoolspot.org/

Get the facts on underage drinking.

Drug Watch : http://www.drugwatch.com/students/

A Family Guide to Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy and Drug Free http://family.samhsa.gov/

A public education Web site developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to communicate to parents and other caring adults about how they can help promote their child's mental health and reduce his or her risk for becoming involved with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

Facts on Tap http://www.factsontap.org/

Facts on Tap is a comprehensive alcohol and other drug education, prevention, and intervention program for college students.

Free Vibe http://www.freevibe.com/

Ask questions, get the skinny on drugs, play games, meet other people like you and find out how to help friends.

I-Count Advisors http://www.icountadvisors.com/login_ie.htm

Join a group of young people dedicated to helping their peers stay healthy and drug-free. This diverse group of 9-18 year olds voice their opinions on programs developed by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. By providing feedback and ideas and assisting with the creation of Web sites, questionnaires, logos, events and other various programs, these Advisors provide instant, real-life feedback from the exact group the Campaign is trying to reach - teens and tweens!

Impact Teen http://www.impacteen.org/

ImpacTeen is part of Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice for Healthy Youth Behavior, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The site contains research and news releases pertaining to substance abuse.

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/MakeADiff_HTML/makediff.htm
This 24-page booklet outlines for parents and caregivers the kind of environment that will discourage underage alcohol use and how to create that environment.

National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.teens.drugabuse.org/

Learn the science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body.

No Stank You http://www.nostankyou.com/
A State of Washington Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Website. Find facts and information about the dangers of tobacco, interactive features, ways to get involved in the real world, news stories, contests, and much more.

Project Curb http://projectcurb.com/

Encouraging communities, families, and youth to work together to prevent binge drinking.

SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions http://www.saddonline.com/

A school-based organization dedicated to addressing the issues of underage drinking, impaired driving, drug use, and other destructive decisions and killers of young people.

 Sara's Quest http://www.sarasquest.org/

Learn about the brains responses to drugs

Straight Scoop http://www.straightscoop.org/students.html

The goal of this website is to provide student journalists with information about the realities of drugs and drug abuse.

Students Against Destructive Decisions http://www.saddonline.com/

SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by focusing attention on the potentially life threatening consequences of destructive decisions involving issues such as not wearing a safety belt, smoking, steroid use, violence, sexually transmitted diseases and suicide.

Too Smart to Start http://www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/
An underage alcohol use prevention initiative for 9-to-13 year-olds, their parents and caregivers.

The Truth.com http://www.thetruth.com/ The Truth provides the facts about tobacco.

Books:

From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking (North American Library, 2006) by Chris Volkmann and Toren Volkmann

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood (Penguin, 2006) by Koren Zailckas

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