Substance Abuse Information

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Updated 2012

According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, here are an estimated 19.9 million illicit drug users in the United States, This number  does not include those who abuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs, other substances and alcohol. Substance abuse has become an epidemic, not only in the United States, but also in European and other countries.

I have included a list of websites and useful pages to facilitate your search about this epidemic.

Please, note: The following websites provide a wealth of information about the many aspects of substance abuse. They also contain useful links to other internet resources; however, we do no endorse any particular site or program. 

Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand
An innovative site that provides public information on alcohol and its effects, in a very effective manner. Of particular note are the sections for adolescents with a harm-reduction approaches. See the interactive section "FUEL", with sections that include an interactive game, safety tips for teens, even a screen saver that depicts the process of intoxication.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CSSA)
Established as a national agency in 1988 by an Act of Parliament, CCSA provides public information on the nature, extent, and consequences of substance use, and provides support to Canadian treatment, prevention, and educational programs. CCSA coordinates the Canadian Substance Abuse Information Network (CAIN), a group of electronically linked regional and provincial resource centres. The Web site provides a listing of courses on the Internet, a calendar of events, Centre publication, resource lists, bibliographies, and access for online searching of its specialized databases.


Center for Addiction and Mental Health 
The Foundation is supported by the Ontario provincial government. Among the materials on its site are the publication of professional staff, organized by topical areas; excellent public information fact sheets, the table of contents of The Journal, a long-standing quarterly newspaper directed to the substance abuse field and the general public.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
CSAP provides access to information on prevention of alcohol and other drug problems. Copies of a variety of materials, such as curricula can be downloaded. It sponsors the National Clearinghouse of Alcohol and Drug Information [see below] and also maintains a workplace helpline. Both are accessible thought this site.


Columbia University Health Service. Go Ask Alice
Mounted by the Student Health Service at Columbia University, this site deals with sexuality, sexual health, relationships, general health, fitness & nutrition, and emotional well-being. The subsection on substance abuse issues uses a question and answer format. It provides factual, authoritative information using a harm reduction perspective.


Drug Policy Alliance
This site features full-text articles from both the academic and popular press that address drug policy from economic, criminal justice, and public health perspectives. It also carries information about its public policy seminar series.


Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)
The Center provides technical assistance through the provision of information, materials and consultations to public and private prevention programs. The site is well organized, and contains a wealth of information in many instance, quite unique, such as a dictionary of drug related slang-terms. It maintains several searchable databases, and links to other groups e.g. the National PTA's web site, Resources for School Educators.

Join Together
Join Together provides technical assistance to community prevention initiatives. The major sections of this site include community action; news; public policy; funding sources; other Internet resources, including e-mail discussion lists.


Marin Institute 
The Institute promotes a public health approach to prevention, focusing not on individual-based risk factors, but environmental conditions that support and glamorize alcohol use. It provides information on the beverage industry and marketing practices. There is information on its publication, prevention initiatives, particularly at the local level, the beverage industry, training, and a searchable database on The Alcohol Industry and Policy. There are links to other prevention and advocacy sites.

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (Columbia University)
Directed to advocacy for public policy initiatives and preparation of white papers in support of policy initiatives. Source of specialized reports on topics related to dimensions of substance use problems, and social consequences, especially as they related to children and families, and special populations.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition 
A source of information and resource materials on inhalants, including videos for adults and youth, posters, curriculum, and brochures/comic books. Includes related information for emergency medical personnel, public policy initiatives with retailers and educational initiatives cosponsored with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
This site is intended to disseminate public information from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse and Alcohol/Alcoholism. The home page is cluttered and this site map is easier to navigate the site. Contains information on the activities of the Institutes, grants and contracts; publications and ordering instructions; news and current events; and links to other groups. Access to ETOH and Quick Facts, searchable databases is provided.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The mission and activities of the Institute are described, with sections devoted to legislative and policy issues, grants programs, publications, conferences, and a section of frequently asked questions. There is a link to the Institute's databases, ETOH and Quick Facts.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
In addition to outlining activities and programs of the Institute, there is a list of its publication and communiqués, upcoming events--regional, national, and international. Information about its grant programs is posted. The site also includes the Institute's organizational structure, and a searchable database to contact Institute personnel. There are links to other related web sties.


Online AA Resources
Includes information about AA--literature (English and non-English); history; intergroup telephone numbers; regional resources; online meeting information; AA-related computer programs; gatherings and conventions. Links to official AA sites.

Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies, Library
The Center is internationally recognized for its research, education, clinical services and information. The Center's Library houses an extensive collection of alcohol information and can provide individualized information services, specialized bibliographies and document delivery services. Of particular note is its alcohol history collection.

Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS)
This site is maintained, by the information professionals in substance abuse, the organization of Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists. The site is noteworthy for access to a variety of information sources, as well as special directories and resource materials compiled by the organization. members.


Office of National Drug Control Policy
Produced by Office of National Drug control policy, affiliated with the White House, and headed by the "Drug Czar." Site includes a breadth of information from fact sheets on different drugs, reports on epidemiology, public policy recommendations, information on other countries. Source of information on drug availability. Links to state and regional groups and information on regional issues

Virtual Clearinghouse on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
This site, available in three languages--English, French, and Spanish--is a collaborative effort of multilateral organizations, national governments, and key non-governmental organizations world wide. It facilitates access to policy and practice information, national reports, statistics, economic aspects, control policy initiatives, including taxation policy. Also access to e-mail addresses for agencies/organizations world-wide.


Web of Addictions
This privately produced site consists primarily of links to web resources. It is one of the best and easiest means to explore substance abuse resources on the Internet. Links are categorized such as governmental sources, or self-help, or prevention, or treatment. These are further organized in terms of the type of content: publications, databases, list serves, etc.

World Health Organization
Access to programs and materials produced by the World Health Organization. It deals with primary prevention, epidemiology, that focus upon alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use.