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Teen Vaping is on the Rise

NYS OASAS and NYSED have partnered to provide resources for addressing substance use in a school setting.
Resources for school staff, students, and families
Substance Use in School-Aged Children

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.

School District Designee
Customizable Posters
Customize these poster templates by writing in the name and contact of your school district's substance use disorder designee. Then print, distribute or display! Each poster features a QR code for quick access to resources on this web page.
Talk early and often about substance use, addiction and treatment
Having a Conversation

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.

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Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine and used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. 

Synthetic Fentanyl is often a pill (mislabeled for an actual medication such as oxycontin). Fentanyl is significantly more potent than other opioids like heroin or morphine and has been found mixed into other illicit drugs.
Synthetic Cannabinoids are man-made drugs. A liquid compound is applied to dried leaves and plants to give a natural appearance, similar to marijuana. Typical packages will feature bright colors and are mismarked as home incense or herbal smoking blends. 


Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that affects every organ in the body. It is the drug most commonly abused by youth in the United States.

Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes
E-cigarettes, and similar "vaping" devices, contain a battery that heats a glycerin-based flavored liquid, usually containing nicotine, into an aerosol vapor that users inhale.

Both alcohol and nicotine are highly addictive and harmful to brain development.

Continuum of Support
Getting Help

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 ProvidersA list of regional services such as 24/7 access centers, mobile treatment units, and family support navigators can be found here.


Youth Clubhouses help young people (ages 12-17) progress in their recovery by offering services that support and promote a drug-free lifestyle. Recovery Centers are community-based and provide support in a non-clinical setting.