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Federal Resources: For Faith-Based and Community Leaders and Their Members

Find more information in the following resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), and others.

Background on Opioids

CDC’s Opioid Basics: Gain important information about the opioid epidemic and commonly used terms, written in language that non-professionals can understand.


SAMHSA’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit: Visit Facts for Community Members/ Safety Advice for Patient and Family Members sections of the SAMHSA toolkit and share with your community.

NIDA’s Q&A on Naloxone: Find information for community leaders on these potentially lifesaving drugs and how they are being administered.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Health.gov: Learn how to engage the medical system more proactively by using this interactive tool designed for health professionals. 

CDC’s Safer, More Effective Pain Management: Learn about safer, more effective pain management techniques.

NIDA’s Signs of Substance Abuse and Addiction: This resource includes Easy to Read Drug Facts that can be downloaded and shared.


Substance Abuse Treatment Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP: Confidential, free service, along with referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations, are available for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: Find a local substance abuse treatment facility.

SAMHSA’s Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Handbook for anyone looking for timely help or information about cutting down or cutting out narcotics, prescription pain medications, heroin, or other opioid drugs.

NIDA’s Step by Step Guides: These guides walk families through decision points and offer a rich list of resources.

CDC’s Guideline Resources: Patient & Partner Tools: Help patients navigate treatment options with all the risks and benefits carefully considered.

Find a Community Health Center: Community Health Centers are poised to spot someone dealing with opioid addiction and help patients coordinate their care.

Youth and Family Resources

NIDA Teen Talk: Learn about teen drug use and the brain. This site features videos, games, blog posts and more!

Easy–to-Read Drug Facts: Videos like “Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs” and “Why are Drugs So Hard to Quit” provide critical information in an easy-to-understand format.

What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs: NIDA answers timely questions about teens and substance abuse to share with families in your community.

NIDA’s Family Checkup; Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse: Five questions highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. 

OAH Health Library of Federal Adolescent Health Resources on Substance Abuse: Find federal resources on adolescent substance abuse (including the abuse of prescription drugs).

Partnership at DrugFree.org: Get resources for parents or other caregivers looking for information and strategies to prevent, or stop, illicit drug use by adolescents.

Get Smart About Drugs: Parents can use this guide from the DEA to learn more about teen drug use.

Growing up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education provide information and research specifically for parents on why kids use drugs and how parents can be involved in helping them stay drug-free.

Above the Influence: The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) created this site specifically for adolescents.

Talk. They Hear You: Learn how to talk to your kids about underage drinking with SAMHSA’s app, “Talk. They Hear You.”

CDC’s Essentials for Childhood: The Essentials for Childhood Framework is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Content created by Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP)
Content last reviewed on August 30, 2017