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.
  • Iowa Department of Public Health is a partnership of local public health, IDPH, non-profit organizations, health care providers, policymakers, businesses and many others working together to protect and improve the health of Iowans.
  • 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 Integrated Behavioral Healthcare 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), 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.
  • NIAAA 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.
  • 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.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people. CDC info on marijuana & CDC information on underage drinking


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.
  • The Marijuana Report This website is published by National Families in Action. The report is a news aggregator website that links browsers to daily news coverage of the marijuana story across the nation.
  • Prevention Action Alliance Prevention Action Alliance, formerly Drug Free Action Alliance, is a certified prevention agency and nonprofit dedicated to leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness.
  • Operation Parent is a platform sourced with the “must know” material for anyone raising teens and preteens, curated from leading experts and our own experiences as parents.
  • Partnership For Drug Free Kids is the only national nonprofit committed to supporting the whole family as they address every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.
  • Partnership For A Healthy Iowa mission is Connecting young Iowans, and those who care for them, with the resources they need to live free of alcohol, nicotine, drugs, substance abuse, and other high-risk behaviors.

Other Resources

  • Partnership To End Addiction’s mission is to transform how our nation addresses
    addiction by empowering families, advancing effective care, shaping public policy and
    changing culture.
  • Johnny’s Ambassadors mission is to educate parents and teens about the risks of
    today’s high THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness and sucide
  • My Life My Quit is a tailored tobacco treatment service for 13-17 year olds. Developed
    with youth input, the program provides free and confidential quit coaching through
    phone, chat and text based sessions with a tobacco treatment specialist.