- The Department of Education and DEA’s Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention provides a comprehensive set of strategies for parents.
- The Truth Initiative provides an E-cigarette Fact Sheet that provides facts, stats and regulation information.
- Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services has Tips for Parenting During a Pandemic and can provides a Helpline for support with coping with COVID-19.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse gives parents fact sheets for various drugs, emerging trends and alerts, a positive parenting family checkup, information on how to recognize substance use disorder and a step by step guide to find treatment.
- Partnership to End Addiction discusses warning signs to help you figure out if your child is using drugs or alcohol and also how to prepare to take action if you suspect they are. They also provide one-on-one help to address your child’s substance use via text message, email or phone call. What Families Need to Know to Protect Young People from alcohol is available.
- Discovery Education, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency provide a parent toolkit where parents can get information on the warning signs of prescription opioid misuse and a guide to prevention and intervention.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol with their “Talk. They Hear You.” They also have other parent resources like information on why you should talk with your child about alcohol and other drugs, how to answer tough questions and how to tell if your child is drinking.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information for parents about high-risk substance use among youth and information about protective factors including adolescent connectedness and positive parenting practices.
- Get Smart About Drugs is a DEA resource for parents, educators, and caregivers with information about drugs & paraphernalia, the latest news, emerging trends, statistics, consequences and other information.
- Scholastic has great resources for The Real Cost of Vaping, also available in Spanish.
- CATCH My Breath provides parent resources on nicotine vaping prevention including videos, tip/fact sheets, and background information on e-cigarettes.
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides a Fact Sheet on Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose in 15 different languages.
- Smoke Free Teen has tools and tips for becoming a smoke free teen including a text line for support, the free quitSTART app, and information on how to quit vaping.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse gives teens drug facts and the Drugs & Health Blog.
- The Real Cost of Tobacco has the real facts and more about Vapes, Cigarettes and Dip.
- Truth Initiative inspires tobacco-free lives by providing things like fact sheets, targeted communities and tobacco in pop culture.
- You can also take action to prevent substance use by doing things like:
- The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network provides warning signs, myths about suicide and other helpful information.
- The Anderson County Health Department offers a variety of health services and can be contacted by calling 865-425-8800.
- SAMHA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies offers a resource called How Language Choice Can Reduce Stigma.
Naomi Asher, Executive Director – United Way of Anderson County
Call 2-1-1 for Resources
United Way Office Phone 865-483-8431
Marcia Wade, Coordinated School Health Coordinator – Oak Ridge Schools
Ashley Freeberg, Prevention Coordinator – ASAP of Anderson
Email Catherine@ASAPofAnderson.org to request a Naloxone Kit
Ashlee Crouse, Regional Lifeline Director – Metro Drug Coalition (Region 2)
Emily Hager, Regional Director – Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (East Region)
Text TN to 741741