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APA Division 28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse
The APA’s Division of Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse promotes teaching, research, and dissemination of information regarding the effects of drugs on behavior. It is an organization of professionals who study psychoactive substances and drugs in the laboratory, clinic, and community. On this website, try to locate the most recent edition of their newsletter to read the latest activities of the division members.
Monitoring the Future
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. MTF data are used to determine substance use norms and trends among youth in the United States. You can read overviews of their most recent studies or access the full-length reports to answer specific questions about adolescent substance use.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, maintains an excellent website about substance use, abuse, and dependence in the United States. On this site, you can find information about all of the major classes of drugs, their effects on the body, and ways to treat substance use disorders. Try beginning with the section entitled, “Students and Young Adults” for introductory information on nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana. Then, explore the NIDA site entitled, Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction, to learn more about the biological bases of addictive behavior.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ (formerly Partnership for a Drug Free America) website is a clearinghouse for information concerning substance use and abuse among youths in the United States. The site also offers personal accounts of substance use problems in video format.
NIDA for Teens
NIDA for Teens has a host of resources for teens, teachers, and parents in an accessible and interesting format, including free materials for educators and easy to understand statistics.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Underage Drinking
SAMHSA is the government agency leading public health efforts to improve behavioral health. Their underage drinking site offers tips to get involved in helping young people, information on the STOP Act, which was designed to reduce underage drinking, and links to publications and resources.