In this guide you will find a variety of health information websites and resources geared towards education on the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs. Many sites hold data on overdose rates, death rates, and drug or alcohol related health issues. There is also a great deal of information for patients on how to avoid and/or deal with addiction.
Click on a link below or scroll down to find out more about each site.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Some areas you can explore in the SAMHSA site:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has the mission of advancing science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. While much of the NIDA site is directed towards researchers and health care professionals important information can be found for consumers including basic information on alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
Some areas you can explore in the NIDA site:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosts a number of sites to assist with drug and alcohol misuse. Information from the CDC includes resources for the public, health professionals and policy makers.
Some areas you can explore on the CDC site:
NIDA for Teens is a project of NIDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The site features content specifically for middle and high school students, and their teachers and parents. Drug facts, activities, lesson plans, and information for positive parenting are all included on this site.
The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The content of The Cool Spot is based on a curriculum for grades 6-8 developed by the University of Michigan. The site features the health effects of alcohol on young teens and information for teens on saying No and standing up to peer pressure.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides brochures and fact sheets for the general public and health professionals. Classroom resources are also available. Some publications are available in Spanish.
Some areas you can explore on the NIAAA site:
Additional sites from the National Library of Medicine
Opiate Addiction and Treatment - a portal on Opiate Addiction and Treatment with links to help health professionals, library staff and the general public learn more about opioid-related topics including understanding and treating addiction.
A Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services - a new booklet that focuses on behavioral health about mental health and substance use disorder services, finding a behavioral health provider, defining behavioral health terms, receiving services, and following up on care.
By becoming more knowledgeable about your condition, you can be better prepared to talk with your health care provider and take a more active role in your health care. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides this listing of consumer health web sites for informational use only, and does not establish a professional relationship between the users and any health care provider. These materials are not intended as a substitute for the care of a qualified health care provider.
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