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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
This site has resources for helping parents talk to their children about alcohol, including a free “Talk. They Hear You.” mobile app that parents can use to practice talking to their teens about the dangers of alcohol.  Site also has an online Treatment Services Locator( and a national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

We Don’t Serve Teens 
Part of a campaign led by the Federal Trade Commission, this site focuses on the social sources of underage drinking and contains a series of articles that provide information and tools to help parents talk to their teens and others about teen drinking.

Alcohol Policy Information System
Provides information on alcohol-related policies at the state and federal levels.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Site offers free, downloadable handbooks for middle and high school parents to help them talk with their students about alcohol use.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)  
Site has fact sheets, pamphlets, and booklets, including “Make A Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol”.


National Institute on Drug Abuse 
Government website with free resources for parents, including drug facts, treatment information, and publications, including Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know.

Marijuana Talk Kit
Free, downloadable kit with facts and tips for talking to teens about marijuana.  Offered through the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids™.

Let's Talk Cannabis 
Website sponsored by the California Department of Public Health ( CDPH) with information on the potential harm of cannabis on youth and pregnant women.  Site has resources and fact sheets.

Prescription Drugs

Stop Medicine Abuse 
Tips for helping parents prevent abuse of over the counter medicines.

Talking to Your Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse:  Not Worth the Risk   
Brochure for parents and caregivers.


Family Checkup Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse National Institute on Drug Abuse

Family Checkup:  Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Use  
Provides a series of 5 questions with video clips and information for each question that highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing drug abuse among youth.

6 Parenting Practices Help Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
A downloadable file provided by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids™.

Get Smart About Drugs:  A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators & Caregivers
Provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency, this site has drug facts and trends as well as a section on “Drugs & Your Family” with tips for parents.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Site has a parent tool kit for guiding children at every age, a  grandparent’s guide, tips for dads and a variety of other resources for communicating with children about drugs. 


Below is a list of online drug prevention and education resources organized by age group. The age recommendations are only a guide.  In choosing which materials to present, educators are urged to take into the account the age and maturity of their students. 

All Age Groups

Brain Power
Part of the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) website, this site has grade-appropriate lessons for students K-12 that help them explore the science behind drug abuse and explain the effects on the body.  The program includes teacher’s guides, videos, stories to introduce the lessons, parent newsletters/guides, handouts, and posters.

Smart Moves Smart Choices: Learn about Teen Prescription Abuse 
Provided by the National Association of School Nurses and Jensen Pharmaceuticals, this site offers downloadable tools for grades K-12 to help educate children about safe and proper use of over-the-counter and prescription medications.  Materials include fact sheets, student workbooks, an animated “Choices” video with a video discussion guide.

GenerationRx Teen Education Program 
This site has colorful and engaging resources for all ages designed to prevent misuse of prescription medications.  Developed by the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and The Cardinal Health Foundation, the site has games, worksheets, visual aids, and power point presentations with talking points.

Natural High: A Drug Prevention Program Inspiring and Helping Youth
This site features videos of more than 50 world-famous athletes, celebrities and artists who have adopted a drug-free lifestyle and who are using their influence to challenge youth to pursue their passion.  There is a free Educator’s Network that provides access to downloadable questions and worksheets for each video.


Elks Kids Zone
This site was created by Elks USA as part of their National Drug Awareness Program (DAP).  The site includes animated videos in “Elroy’s Corner” on prescription drugs and making smart choices, downloadable coloring book pages, an online trivia game, and online Marvel comics.  Geared primarily for young children, there are also videos for youth and teens.

Too Smart to Start
Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA), this is a website for upper elementary and middle school that focuses on underage drinking.  The site has alcohol facts, free games, including a true/false Interactive Body quiz showing how alcohol affects the body.  There is a special section for Educators developed in conjunction with Scholastic Inc. that includes a 30-minute “Reach Out Now” lesson plan complete with worksheets, poster, and family pages.

Middle and High School

NIDA for Teens
This is a government website designed for youth ages 11 –15 that focuses on the science behind drug abuse.  There is a section for teachers (https:/ with free lessons and activities based on national science and education standards.  The site also offers easy-to-read drug facts, stats, videos, games, infographics and free publications.  Students can also take the National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge, a 10-question, multiple choice test that can be taken online or downloaded.

Drugs and Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty
Co-developed by NIDA and Scholastic, this is a great interactive poster that allows students to see how drugs can damage different parts of the body.  The site includes a short teacher’s guide, animations, audio clips, and videos. 

Head’s Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body
This is a science-based education series created by NIDA and Scholastic that includes lesson plans for teachers, posters with teaching guides, and student articles.  There is also a section for students with videos and interactive activities. 

Get Smart About Drugs: A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators & Caregivers
Produced by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this site has excellent resources for classroom use for middle and high school students.  Includes videos, drug facts, and featured articles.  There is a supplemental study guide for “Chasing the Dragon:  The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary produced by the DEA and FBI.

The Cool Spot:  The Young Teen’s Place for Info on Alcohol and Resisting Peer Pressure
Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), this site is geared toward the middle school student.  It contains a Teacher & Volunteer Corner ( with interactive lessons that can be used to reinforce topics covered on the site, including peer pressure and resistance skills.

Drug-Free World
A project of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, this site has drug facts with accompanying documentaries.   Educators can order a free information kit and Educator’s Package. 

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit
This site has easy-to-use modules focused on e-cigarettes and vapes, nicotine addiction and positive school development.  The materials include power point presentations with speaker’s notes, downloadable activities, and games.


Tehama County Health Services Agency, Drug & Alcohol Division (TCHSA) – Offers drug prevention, intervention and treatment services for all ages.  Fees for services are assessed according to income.

River Cities Area of Narcotics Anonymous – Serving the cities of Anderson, Corning, Cottonwood, Los Molinos, Orland, Red Bluff, Willows, and Colusa

Northern California Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous – Serving Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Tehama Counties

Nar-Anon – A support group for relatives and friends of those suffering from addiction. Meetings in Chico and Orland.  Call Mary W. at (650) 814-6746 or Joseph O. at (530) 228-6661.

Teen Screen – A voluntary emotional well-being check-up for youth between the ages of 11-18.  Screening includes anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicide risk, dental & vision. For information, contact Katy McDonough at the Tehama County Health Services Agency at 527-8491 ext. 3127.

2-1-1 Tehama - 24-hour information referral service for community, health and social services, including substance abuse prevention, education & treatment.

Marijuana Awareness Class for Parents & Teens – Classes offered on the third Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8 pm during the school year at the Department of Education. To reserve a spot, call 528-7356.