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New Jersey Helps
NJ Addictions Hotline - 1-844-276-2777
New Jersey Hopeline (1-855-NJ-HOPELINE)
New Jersey Mental Health Cares Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)   Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454
Veterans Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
New Jersey Housing Resource Center
NJ Family Care
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prevention is the theory and means for reducing the harmful effects of drug use in specific populations. Prevention objectives are to protect individuals before signs or symptoms of substance use problems appear, to identify persons in the early stages of substance abuse and intervene, and to end compulsive use of psychoactive substances through treatment.

Prevention Resources

Too Smart to Start - a website dedicated to helping youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems. 

Stop Underage Drinking - a comprehensive portal of federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.

Tips for Teens - a series of brochures that provides facts and dispels myths about use of substances including marijuana, club drugs, hallucinogens, cocaine, inhalants, and others. Provides information on long-term and short-term effects, physical and psychological risks, and legal implications. 

As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol - a brochure that warns about the dangers of the elderly misusing alcohol, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs. Describes the signs of misuse and steps that older adults can take to prevent problems. 

Building Blocks for a Healthy Future - a website that provides parents, caregivers, and teachers of children aged 3 to 6 the opportunity to find lots of great tips, materials, and ideas for spending time with their children and learning together. 

Top Health Issues for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations Information & Resource Kit - a kit that contains information on important health issues for the LGBT community, including substance abuse. 

Keeping Your Teens Drug-Free: A Guide for African American Parents and Caregivers - a brochure that discusses skills African American parents and caregivers can use to prevent illicit drug use among teens. 

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: How You Can Play a Role in Preventing Suicide - a fact sheet that describes how individuals can take action to prevent suicide. 

Keeping Youth Drug Free, a booklet to inform parents about how to prevent their children from using illicit drugs. (I will create a link to this .pdf


Additional Resources

Drug Addiction
Recovery Connection:  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programs

NIDA Topics in Brief:  Drug Abuse Prevention

Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
CDC Violence Prevention
Epidemiology and Prevention

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