The following resources providing information and insight about substance abuse and addiction are ASAP-approved:

State Government Agencies, Organizations & Initiatives

  • The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy serves as a leader and a catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime.
  • Hancock County Community Health is committed to providing the highest quality of health service to the people who live, work and visit the county. The department constantly evaluates and improves its efforts to enhance public wellness, improve quality of life, respond to community needs and concerns — and at the same time, maintain the utmost respect for individual rights.
  • Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services is a private, non-profit corporation offering substance abuse prevention and treatment services to an eight-county region of north central Iowa. Prairie Ridge also some provides residential care to Iowans living statewide.
  • The Alliance of Coalitions 4 Change is a statewide network seeking to increase the synergy of substance abuse prevention efforts in Iowa. The goal is to “unify Iowa prevention coalitions to effect positive change.”

Federal Government Agencies & Initiatives/National Nonprofits

  • The Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC), created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997, is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use. Directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC program provides grants to local drug-free community coalitions to increase collaboration among community partners and to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy The ONDCP advises the President on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the federal government and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines Administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence and drug-related health consequences.
  • SAMHSA The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
  • “Talk. They Hear You,” is SAMHSA’s underage drinking prevention public-service-announcement campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early — as early as nine years old — about the dangers of alcohol.
  • NIAA The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
    Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or Project SAM SAM advocates for marijuana policies that are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms and for communities where commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Its mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.
  • CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA has members in every U.S. state and territory and staff working in 18 countries around the world.

Helpful websites

  • Dr. Christian Thurstone is board-certified in general, child/adolescent and addictions psychiatry. He is medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-abuse-treatment clinics and also serves as an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where he specializes in research of adolescent marijuana addiction and is director of medical training for the addiction psychiatry fellowship program. “Dr. T.” writes regularly about adolescent substance abuse — and also fields questions from kids and adults around the world.
  • “We are a group of Moms who have seen marijuana severely damage our teenage and young adult children. While pot advocates promote stories of how marijuana is a safe, natural and fun activity, we have instead witnessed our children develop devastating mental health issues after using it. We have observed the side effects of anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, depression and psychosis, and have even seen a final result of suicide. We have watched how these changes have occurred in some as a sudden psychotic break and in others gradually over a long period of addiction. Moms Strong is a support group partnering to inform and educate those harmed by marijuana. We are not funded by industry or the government, rather by parents as we hope to spread awareness and prevent tragedies like we’ve experienced.”
  • Parents Opposed to Pot “Parents Opposed to Pot ( is designed to educate parents and children, and to prevent a nation of young marijuana users. We expect that kids will practice risky behaviors, but it’s our job to protect them if we can. There’s not a way to predict which children will have a tragic outcome from beginning to use marijuana and other drugs.”