PEERx Partner Spotlight
In 2013, the VA ABC and its Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) invited NIDA to present information about the PEERx initiative during its Summer Leadership Conference. NIDA presented to 600 youth leaders and their adult mentors during two conference sessions and participated in a panel. YADAPP also promoted other NIDA for Teens resources, including the Sara Bellum Blog and National Drug Facts Week, throughout the conference.
Additionally, Substance Abuse Awareness Vital for Virginia Youth (SAVVY), another VA ABC youth initiative, distributed NIDA for Teens resources during four SAVVY drug abuse prevention networking expos in Virginia. Expos are attended by parents, educators, counselors, community coalitions and other youth-serving organizations. On the SAVVY Facebook page, the VA ABC frequently shares NIDA drug fact information and other resources.
About VA ABC’s Youth Programs
YADAPP is a youth leadership program empowering teens to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug free.
SAVVY organizes substance abuse prevention education expos to support communities in their drug prevention efforts and provides information and resources for parents and educators.
VA ABC provides education and prevention resources across the lifespan. For more information, visit http://abc.virginia.gov/education.html.
Each quarter, NIDA will highlight the efforts of its PEERx partners in the PEERx Partner Spotlight. Thank you to all of our partners for reaching teens with important information about prescription drug abuse. Click here to view archived spotlights.
The American School Counselor Association supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 31,000 professional school counselors worldwide.
The California Health Collaborative serves the needs of individuals with limited access to health care resources. Their Lock It Up Project is a community-based prevention project that raises awareness of the risks associated with prescription drug abuse among youth and young adults in Fresno County, California.
CSI Web Adventures is a series of five educational games based on the popular CBS show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Case Four: Bitter Pill and Case Five: Fatal Interaction challenge players to investigate crimes related to prescription drug abuse. These cases have been found to be effective in teaching about and promoting more healthy attitudes toward prescription drug abuse.
The Drug Education Council, a partner agency of the Baldwin County United Way and the United Way of Southwest Alabama, is dedicated to promoting a drug-free society, preventing chemical dependency, and providing quality education, information, and intervention programs.
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership is a statewide, nonprofit public-private alliance, building a strong, healthy future workforce through leadership in mentoring and prevention of youth violence and bullying, underage drinking, and substance abuse. Resources for parents, educators, and young people related to each of the organization’s program initiatives can be found on their Web site.
The Medicine Abuse Project is a unifying campaign that brings together families, communities, industry, health care professionals, educators, law enforcement, and government officials to curb teen medicine abuse, and ultimately save lives.
AWARxE, a program of the NABP Foundation, is an information source providing authoritative resources about medication safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safely buying medications on the Internet.
The National Education Association Health and Information Network launched a curriculum program called Rx for Understanding to help educators teach their students about the misuse, abuse, and proper use of prescription drugs. It is a set of standards-based teaching materials (lesson plans and accompanying resources) for use with students in grades 5-8 that are aligned to the National Health Education Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Additionally, they will be releasing a curriculum for grades 9-12 in 2013.
NIMH’s Outreach Partnership Program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. Outreach Partners disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials to the public throughout their states and local communities.
Operation UNITE works to rid communities of illegal drug use through undercover narcotics investigations, coordinating treatment for substance abusers, providing support to families and friends of substance abusers, and educating the public about the dangers of using drugs. They hold an annual Rx Drug Abuse Summit to bring together advocates and professionals to specifically address the prescription drug abuse problem.
SADD is a youth-based education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
The Office of Safe and Healthy Schools implements drug and violence prevention activities; activities that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education; and school preparedness activities that contribute to improved conditions for learning.
The VA ABC provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages, including teen substance abuse prevention initiatives. The Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) is a youth leadership program empowering teens to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug free. Each year YADAPP holds its Summer Leadership Conference for approximately 600 Virginia high school students and adults. Substance Abuse Awareness Vital for Virginia Youth (SAVVY) helps parents, educators, and youth advocates teach children about the dangers of substance abuse. SAVVY organizes informational expos where communities get information about drug abuse.
Youth to Youth is a community-based drug prevention and youth leadership program focusing primarily on middle and high school students. The goal of its many projects is harnessing the powerful influence of peer pressure making it a positive, peer led force, encouraging young people to live free of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.