This webpage includes additional resources and links that may help in your search for specific information on alcohol and drugs. Although NAMSDL lists these resources for your convenience, we do not specifically promote or endorse the agendas or ideals of every resource we list on this page. No warranty expressed or implied is made regarding: accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability, freedom from contamination by computer viruses or usefulness of any information. NAMSDL is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced from NAMSDL webpages.








Addiction Center:

The Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health information writers. Their goal is to provide the most up-to-date information on addiction as well as reviews of top treatment centers across the country. They are not a treatment center, but their network of centers across the country aims to provide outlets for people seeking help.

Addiction Resource:

The goal of Addiction Resource is to provide a wealth of information to help better educate people about substance abuse and motivate the ones who may be suffering to seek the support they need.  This website is not only for people seeking information or help, but also for those who want to assist in a family member or friend’s recovery but unsure how to go about it. 

Alcohol Awareness Council:

The Alcohol Awareness Council is dedicated to informing the public about the use and abuse of alcohol. You will find the latest alcohol research, studies and statistical data, brought to you by government agencies, academic institutions, news sources and awareness organizations. You will also find a wealth of alcohol-related resources, support groups, and help lines for those struggling with alcoholism.

APAM (Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines):

The Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines is a non-profit partnership of key stakeholders in the prescription drug supply chain - e.g., manufacturers, distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, physicians - that have joined together to develop and offer policy solutions aimed to address prescription drug abuse.

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council):

The American Legislative Exchange Council works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public.

American Academy of Pain Management:

The mission of the American Academy of Pain Management improves the lives of people with pain by advancing a person-centered, integrative model of pain care through evidence-guided education, credentialing, and advocacy.

ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine):

ASAM is a professional society representing over 3,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials):

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials represents public health agencies throughout the United States and over 100,000 public health professionals that these agencies employ.  Its primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health. provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions.

Carnevale Associates, LLC:

Carnevale Associates, LLC, offers guidance and practical solutions to governments, organizations and communities as they confront the public policy and program challenges of the 21st century. We specialize in strategic planning, performance measurement, strategic communications and policy research. Regardless of the project, our mission is the same: bring practical and research-based policy solutions to clients facing real-time challenges.

CLAAD (Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence):

The not-for-profit Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) coordinates a comprehensive national effort to prevent prescription drug fraud, diversion, misuse, and abuse while advancing consumer access to high-quality health care.

CADCA (Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America):

CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA’s network of more than 5,000 community coalitions brings together key leaders within the community to address local conditions from underage drinking to prescription drug abuse

CSG (Council of State Governments):

The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

Rehab to Detox:

Rehab to Detox’s goal is to be the only place you need to go to find out everything you need to know regarding addiction and recovery, including a free directory for information regarding addiction, recovery, alcoholism, and supply information on where local mutual support groups meet.

Drug Rehab Connections:

Drug Rehab Connections is an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Their goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them.

Drug Treatment Center Finder:

Drug Treatment Center Finder is not a specific treatment center, instead, it is a free web-based resource hub that strives to provide the most up-to-date information and available treatment services across the nation. Their goal is to provide resources to addicts and their loved ones in order to guide them to the help they need in order to rebuild their lives.

LAC (Legal Action Center):

The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

NAADAC (Association for Addiction Professionals):

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of  addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education.

NAAG (National Association of Attorneys General):

NAAG’s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping Attorneys General respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues.

NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy):

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is an impartial professional organization that supports the state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health. NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety through its pharmacist license transfer and pharmacist competence assessment programs, as well as through its accreditation programs.

NADCP (The National Association of Drug Court Professionals):

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals is a not-for-profit membership organization comprised of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and clinical professionals who create a common-sense approach to improving the justice system by using a combination of judicial monitoring and effective treatment to compel drug-using offenders to stay off drugs and become productive citizens. Offering comprehensive training and technical assistance, NADCP provides information to over 3,000 drug court professionals in the U.S. and abroad.

NASADAD (National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors):

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is a private, not-for-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. NASADAD’s basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State.

NASCSA (National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities):

The National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities is a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational organization established in 1985. NASCSA’s primary purpose is to provide a continuing mechanism through which state and federal agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and other interested parties can work to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of state and national efforts to prevent and control drug diversion and abuse.

NCSC (National Center for State Courts):

NCSC is the organization courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information, because its efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders. Consequently, NCSC is able to return expertise to the courts in a variety of forms — from Web resources to hands-on assistance.  State assessments pay for the distribution of information from knowledge analysts and online sources, available free of charge to state trial and appellate courts and their administrative offices.

Problem Solving Courts such as drug courts, differ from traditional courts in that they are specially designed court calendars or dockets dedicated to addressing one type of offense or offender. These court-based interventions may focus on substance abuse, mental health, and other criminogenic issues. Typically, the judge plays a key supervisory role, and other criminal justice components (such as probation) and social services agencies (such as substance abuse treatment) collaborate on case management. Problem Solving Courts:

NCOIL (National Conference of Insurance Legislators):

The purpose of NCOIL is to help legislators make informed decisions on insurance issues that affect their constituents and to declare opposition to federal encroachment of state authority to oversee the business of insurance, as authorized under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945.

NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators):

NCSL is committed to the success of all legislators and staff. Our mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures, ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.

NGA (National Governors Association):

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

NIDA (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.

NSC (National Safety Council):

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

Partnership for Drug-free Kids:

A nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse. is filled with informative facts and guidance regarding addiction treatment and mental health issues that your readers may find useful. This site also allows you to find treatment by type of treatment or by state.



BJA (Bureau of Justice Assistance):

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a division of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities.

BJS (Bureau of Justice Statistics):

BJS collects, analyzes, publishes and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration):

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

FDA (Food and Drug Administration):

FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation.

HHS (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services):

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives.

NHTSA (National Highway Safety Transportation Administration):

NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.

NIJ (National Institute of Justice):

NIJ dedicates itself to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.

Office of Diversion Control (U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration):

The mission of DEA's Office of Diversion Control is to prevent, detect and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical, commercial and scientific needs.

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP):

The Office of National Drug Control Policy coordinates drug-control efforts, related funding issues and advises the President of the United States on drug-control matters.

PDMP TTAC (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center):

PDMP TTACs purpose is to help BJA grantees, organizations, federal partners, and many other stakeholders do their work in planning, implementing and enhancing prescription drug monitoring programs.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration):

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.



AATOD (American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence):

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive opioid treatment services throughout the United States

CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS):

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including: behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors and inadequate physical activity.

DEA Statistics and Facts:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the premier drug enforcement organization in the world and the only single-mission federal agency dedicated to drug law enforcement. Using unique operational and intelligence capabilities, the men and women of DEA identify, investigate, disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations and those who facilitate them, remove drugs and violent criminals from our neighborhoods, and fight the diversion of illicit drugs.

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report 

The 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is an annual report by the Department of State to Congress prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act. It describes the efforts of key countries to attack all aspects of the international drug trade in Calendar Year 2011. Volume I covers drug and chemical control activities. Volume II covers money laundering and financial crimes.

Monitoring the Future:

A continuing study of American youth. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975 and 8th and 10th graders since 1991).

National Drug Control Strategy (Office of National Drug Control Policy):

Continuing our collaborative, balanced and science-based approach, the new Strategy provides a review of the progress we have made over the past four years. It also looks ahead to our continuing efforts to reform, rebalance and renew our national drug control policy to address the public health and safety challenges of the 21st century.

Partnership for Drug-free Kids, The Medicine Abuse Project:

In its second year, the Medicine Abuse Project aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine by 2017. The campaign encourages parents, stakeholders and the public to take action: first, by talking with their kids about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines; and second, by safeguarding and properly disposing of unused medications.

SAMSHA’S National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator:

Find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country near you.

The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (Teens) 2012 (The Partnership at

The Partnership at released new research from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), a nationally-projectable survey that tracks teen drug and alcohol use and parent attitudes toward substance abuse among teens.

Clean Air and Lungs: The Dangers of Teen Smoking, Authored by Dr. Jeff Bennert:

Clean Air and Lungs: The Dangers of Teen Smoking is a very short article on the dangers of smoking. The article includes short- and long-term effects of smoking, and additional resources are listed at the bottom of the article.