We’ve divided our favorite websites into two categories:

Tips for Families, Parents, and Youth Workers

Policy and Research

Tips for Families, Parents, and Youth Workers gives parents tools to talk to their children about the risks of underage drinking

Community Guide to Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption includes research based recommendations on effective strategies for both the general population and underage drinkers

Synthetic Cathinones (a.k.a. "Bath salts") The National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, has released electronically-published research on “bath salts.”

Emerging Drug Trends  NYS OASAS has resource materials on bath salts, synthetic marijuana, prescription drugs, and more. 

Synthetic Drugs:  Bath Salts, K2/Spice:  A guide for parents and other influencers Youth use of synthetic drugs is rising at an alarming pace.  This guide provides background information, communication tips & resource information.

Bath Salts  The history of bath salts, what they do to people who take them, why they are
probably significantly underreported, and what can be done to help address the growing problem of abuse.

Stop Underage Drinking Quick Quiz  Test your knowledge of underage alcohol use and its impact on youth, a new quiz is posted every other week.

Alcohol and Your Child:  What Every Parent Should Know This NYS OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services) publication provides information to assist parents in understanding the importance of their role in protecting their children from the problems associated with underage drinking.  Also includes information about the laws related to this issue.   Parents: TheAntiDrug is a leading website that equips parents, teachers, faith leaders and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise and support drug-free kids. 1- 800-788-2800  Provides parents and others with tools and information to reduce teen drinking and related harm.  Drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults.  Toll free parent helpline 855-378-4373.  This Ohio-based organization developed the Parents Who Host Lose The Most ® campaign to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.  Offers parent-teen contracts and suggestions on how to make the most of parent-teen conversations.   A national non-profit for alcohol awareness. Offers posters, materials, and advertising resources on the dangers of alcohol for organizing and action.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)   Mothers Against Drunk Driving's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Their website offers suggestions for parents, teachers and others.

Above the Influence   National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign provides news articles, publications and other resources for parents and youth leaders.

A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain provides information on adolescent brain development for parents and caregivers, explains “normal” teen behaviors—impulsiveness, rebellion, high emotions and risk-taking,—and how to use this new information to connect with teens.  Parent Power, a guide to raising children drug-free.  Resources and research compiled by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.   Stop Alcohol Abuse offers help for parents, youth, communities, educators and law enforcement on working together to stop underage drinking.  Provides information and resources about the growing trend of teen abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.   Provides practical and useful advice for parents in talking with their children about tough issues, including alcohol and drug use, sex, HIV and AIDS, and violence.

We don't serve teens provides parents and others with tools and information to reduce teen drinking and related harm.  Information includes laws, ways to reduce teen access to alcohol, and suggestions on discussing alcohol ads with teens.

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program is committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs and raising children in a drug-free environment.  Resources for parents, teachers, and youth.  The Elks has also assumed sponsorship of the annual youth drug quiz which takes place each spring. 


Policy and Research

Brain Development

Suggested readings  The National Institute of Drug Abuse offers up-to-date research information on youth and adult abuse.

The Teen Brain:  Still Under Construction  from the National Institute of Mental Health

Adolescent Brain Development and the Risk for Alcohol & Other Drug Problems

Alcohol and the Developing Adolescent Brain

From the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcohol Alert Archived copies of a quarterly publication wiith important research findings on a single aspect of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. 

Adolescent Alcohol Dependence May Damage Brain Function

From the American Medical Association  News, articles and games, all about the significant and emerging research on brain development.

ACT for Youth Facts & Findings  A compendium of available research on adolescent brain development

Other Resources

Marijuana May Impair Male Fertility

Do European Teens Experience Fewer Alcohol-Related Problems than U.S. Teens? 

Family Structure Influences Whether Letting Teens Drink at Home Leads to Problems The Center for Substance Abuse Research is dedicated to addressing the problems substance abuse creates for individuals, families, and communities.   CESAR provides three primary information services: The weekly CESAR FAX, a one-page publication on a timely substance abuse issue. The CESAR web site,, provides substance abuse-related information. The CESAR library serves as a clearinghouse of information on substance abuse and related topics.   The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at Georgetown University reviews critically the industry’s responsibility to avoid marketing toward youth. Research on media practices, resources, how to make a complaint, informative articles.   The International Institute for Alcohol Awareness offers recent reports from studies addressing underage drinking, its consequences, and recommended measures to prevent it.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse is the largest supporter of the world’s research on drug abuse and addiction including tracking emerging drug use trends, understanding how drugs work in the brain and body and developing and testing new drug treatment and prevention approaches.  The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center provides data, research and information on local laws about underage drinking.  Free monthly webinars are also available.   Office of National Drug Control Policy offers data, research, resources, prevention tips and publications about substance use and abuse.