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Drug Awareness Resource List

(As mentioned in Christopher News Note #468: What Young People Need to Know)


For Parents:


P.O. Box 1069
Doylestown, PA 18901
Telephone: 1-800-333-1069
Web site:

Partnership for a Drug-Free America
405 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10174
Telephone: 1-212-922-1560
Web site:


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
12 West 21st Street
New York, New York 10010
Telephone: 1-212-206-6770


For Young People:

Father Flanagan’s Boys Home (“BOYS TOWN”)
Boys Town, NE 68010
Telephone: 1-800-448-3000

For Substance Abuse: Publications

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 or 1-800-487-4899 (Spanish)
Web site:


For Research/Scientific Information

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
5600 Fishers Lane
Room 10 A-39
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: 1-301-443-6245
Web site:


Drug Awareness Hotlines

Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000 (24 HOURS)
Provides counseling on a variety of subjects for both parents and young people.


National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
1-800-SAY-NOTO (English and Spanish)
1-800-487-4889 (Hearing Impaired Callers)
Provides free substance abuse information and literature to parents, professionals and young people as well as recommended treatment referrals. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., EST.


Federal Drug, Alcohol and Crime Clearinghouse Network
1-800-788-2800 (Touch-Tone Dialers)
1-800-729-6686 (Rotary Dialers and Spanish-speaking)
Provides automated listings for a large variety of referrals, government offices and information centers that deal with specific substance abuse problems. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., EST.


National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service
1-800-662-HELP (24 HOURS)
Links callers to a variety of services, including free publications, treatment options in various states and hotlines which counsel both callers facing their own substance abuse and those dealing with the substance abuse of a friend.


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – NCADD HOPELINE
1-800-NCA-CALL (24 HOURS) (Touch-tone phone is necessary.)
Provides automated listings for local hotlines and referrals. Callers can leave a name and address to receive free publications on alcohol and drugs.


Toughlove International
Refers parents to local chapters that provide support and counseling. Also provides free literature. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, EST.


American Council for Drug Education
1-800-488-DRUG (24 HOURS) (English and Spanish)
This automated service provides written up-to-date material on drug and alcohol abuse.


The National Help Line (PHOENIX HOUSE)
1-800-DRUG-HELP (24 HOURS)

Provides information and referrals to treatment programs, self-help groups, family support groups and crisis centers in the caller’s home state.


Internet Sites is the site of National Families in Action. This Web site is both adult and young person-friendly but is designed primarily as an aid to parents concerned with drug prevention. It includes an excellent compilation of substance abuse organizations and their services and allows the user to communicate directly with experts in the various fields of substance abuse. is the site of Partnership for a Drug-Free America. This web site is easy to maneuver through and provides a complete education in substance abuse. Sections include comprehensive descriptions and photos of every imaginable drug and their effects. is the Web site known as Web of Addictions. It is dedicated to providing accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions and can be useful to people seeking help for themselves. It provides information taken from various sources, including information on addictive medicines and legal substances, advice columns regarding crisis situations and even a street drug slang dictionary listing nearly 1800 terms. Some fact sheets are also available in French and Spanish. is the Web site of The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. All 50 state agencies are members. While other sites provide more general information, Nasadad is useful in that it provides links to member sites, where users can locate state managed programs, drug crisis referrals and centers in their own communities and prevention campaigns that may be taking place in their areas. is the site of The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information and is known as Prevline. It is a service provided by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is the most complete resource catalog of prevention and treatment material. A multitude of sections include an up-to-date “Newsroom” and a unique bilingual “For Kids Only” section. A comprehensive catalog of related government and private publications – many of them free and even downloadable – is also available. is the Web site of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and provides scientifically-based research information about prevention, treatment and public policy. It is a valuable tool for those seeking to create programs in their communities. Reports are often available in versions for both young people and parents. is adult and young person-friendly. Contains tips on how to keep kids drug-free, including descriptions of drugs, warning signs and media reports on drug research. is the site for The Family Council on Drug Awareness and provides information about alcohol and marijuana, including a downloadable report entitled “10 Things Every Parent, Teacher, and Teenager Should Know About Marijuana.” is the site for The Office of National Drug Control Policy and includes information about various programs devoted to making communities drug-free, annual reports and drug facts and state and local information regarding drug use. is the site for Faith and Religion in Drug and


Alcohol Recovery - we are a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. As you may know, over 1.9 million New Yorkers have a substance abuse problem. Our goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery resources.


Free Publications:

Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention is a free publication available on the internet at: Sections include such subjects as “What to Do if Your Child is Using Drugs,” and “Specific Drugs and their Effects.”


The Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention (CSAP) is a branch of the U.S. government Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. CSAP publishes the following guides:


If Someone Close Has a Problem With Alcohol or Other Drugs offers advice and support to those facing an actual drug or alcohol crisis within their family. Available on the web at:


Keeping Youth Drug Free: A Guide for Parents, Grandparents, Elders, Mentors, and Other Caregivers addresses the five most common reasons young people experiment with drugs and offers exercises to combat each of them. It can be obtained by calling the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1-800-729-6686 or writing them at:


The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
P.O. BOX 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345

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