New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the New York State Education Department have partnered to provide resources for educators and administrators, school nurses and counselors, as well as students and families, to address drug/alcohol and e-cig use in school settings. Alcohol and drug use early in life can cause irreversible brain damage and sometimes lead to addiction later in life. Adolescence is a critical time for brain development. OASAS provides a number of resources for the prevention and treatment of school-age children, including conversation aids, youth-centered programs such as clubhouses, and added support services for family and community.
Call the HOPELINE at 1-877-8-HOPENY 877-846-7369 or text HOPENY (Short Code: 467369) for free and confidential treatment and prevention referrals available 24/7. If you, or a loved one, have experienced insurance obstacles related to treatment or need help filing an appeal for a denied claim, contact the CHAMP helpline 888-614-5400.
Prevention and Treatment
Parents, educators, and school staff can influence a young person's life. The OASAS You Can be the Difference series is a guide for talking to young people about substance abuse, prevention, treatment, and recovery. Topics include:
- Prevention 101: Information and tips to prevent alcohol and drug abuse. English | Spanish
- Intervention: Information and tips to assist if you know a young person is using alcohol and drugs. English | Spanish
- Experimenting: Information and tips if you suspect a young person is experimenting with alcohol and drugs. English | Spanish
- Recovery: Information and tips to support someone in recovery. English | Spanish
- Prescription Drugs and Over the Counter Medication: General information and warning signs. English | Spanish
The You can be the Difference video series features stories from former professional football player Erik Coleman, his experience with substance use disorder and the influence of community, family, educators, and coaches. Watch here.
Prevention Councils work directly with schools to address the issue of substance use and offer evidence-based programs, practices, and strategies that influence multiple outcomes; needs assessment; and programming support. Regional Prevention Resource Centers (PRC) support local community coalitions and prevention councils, and work in tandem with schools-offering training, and technical assistance throughout New York State.
Treatment Availability Dashboard connects you with treatment options and availability near you at OASAS-run Addiction Treatment Centers or OASAS-certified Treatment Providers. A list of regional services such as 24/7 access centers, mobile treatment units, and family support navigators can be found here.
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
New York State Department of Health
Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
National Council for Behavioral Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA for Teens
NIDA for Teachers