Drug Abuse and Prevention
The Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS) is NIDA’s third national evaluation of treatment effectiveness. It is based on over 10,000 admissions during 1991-1993 to 96 community-based treatment programs in 11 large U.S. cities.
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. See also, the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitor’s Center.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, has released a new version ofThe Cool Spot, a website for grades 6-8. It uses engaging games and graphics to deliver vital messages about underage drinking risks and ways to resist peer pressure.
Start Your Recovery is a tool that helps students take steps toward a more healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. On the site, students can learn about the experiences of people like them, find the answers they need, and locate support. It’s a free resource and was developed based on input from leading clinicians, people in recovery, and experts from the White House and SAMHSA. They have also added a new content page directed specifically at a collegiate audience: College Students Page.
SAMHSA’s mission is to assure that quality substance abuse and mental health services are available to the people who need them and to ensure that prevention and treatment knowledge is used more effectively in the general health care system.
- The SAMHSA’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence provides information about this condition and the very serious problems caused by use of alcohol during pregnancy
The World Anti-Doping Agency was created to promote, coordinate, and monitor at the international level the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. WADA seeks to foster a doping-free culture in sport. It combines the resources of sports and governments to enhance, supplement, and coordinate existing efforts to educate athletes about the harms of doping, reinforce the ideal of fair play, and sanction those who cheat themselves and their sport.