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Substance Use/Misuse Prevention Resources

Prevention Action Alliance Upcoming Events and Trainings
COVID-19, Opioid Use Disorder and Criminal Justice Reform Webinar
2021 Ohio Prevention Virtual Conference
 Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention, grounded in current research and SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework. This training prepares practitioners to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. It’s designed to enable participants to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse and promote well-being among individuals, and within families, workplaces, schools and communities. While SAPST’s focus is primarily on preventing alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse, it’s also applicable to other behavioral health issues as well.
At the core of this training is the Strategic Prevention Framework (assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation), which gives coalitions a roadmap by which they can "do prevention."
SAPST is ideally for practitioners new to the substance abuse prevention field and/or working in related disciplines. This training is a four-day commitment and a certificate of completion is given upon completion to be presented for credentialing.  
Are you interested in attending SAPST training? Contact Christi Valentini-Lackner at
New Drug-Impaired Driving Campaign
Drug-impaired driving is a growing problem on our nation’s roads. In recent years, states across the country have passed laws legalizing recreational and/or medical marijuana, which has intensified the impaired-driving issue. In response, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed If you feel different, you drive different! a new social norming campaign to help combat driving under the influence of marijuana.
New Underage Drinking Prevention Resource
With the rollout of vaccines and restrictions lifting, teens and young adults are eager to be more social. While there is joy in allowing our kids to be with their friends safely, there may be renewed worry about the risks of youth drinking. This Alcohol Awareness Month, the Partnership to End Addiction has introduced a new guide, Alcohol: What Families Need to Know to Help Protect Young People, with all the information to help families begin — or continue — a conversation about alcohol. The guide includes information on a variety of topics, including:

Health risks of youth drinking
Signs of alcohol poisoning
Different types of alcohol (it’s not just beer and beverages)
How to know if your child is drinking
How to set clear expectations and consequences if your child is drinking

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