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Substances & Substance Abuse

  • Provides information on talking to your kids about alcohol and making good choices. This site also shares parenting styles, reflecting on different ways of relating and communicating with your kids.

  • Information and resources on behavioral health, children and family services, developmental disabilities, Medicaid and long term care in Nebraska.

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    Connects Nebraska families to help when dealing with their children’s behavioral and mental health concerns. Counselors are available 24/7 to help your family in crisis.

  • Information and resource materials for families, educators, and communities on substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services.

  • Equips parents with tools to help prevent their children from using drugs and alcohol. Learn how to intervene, find treatment for family and friends in need and help them recover.

  • Talk. They Hear You. Is SAMHSA's campaign to help parents talk to youth about the dangers of substance use. Check out the parent resources available in English and Spanish.

  • One mother's story of losing her teenage son to synthetic drugs. (Video)

  • The DEA and Discovery Education teamed up to create "Operation Prevention", which aims to prevent prescription opioid misuse and abuse. They have created a parent toolkit and classroom resources that are free to download and use.

  • Two-page SAMHSA brochure that contains tips on how to talk to youth about prescription drug abuse.

  • The Nebraska MEDS (Medication Education for Disposal Strategies) Coalition website has information on prescription drug abuse prevention and tips for disposal.

  • Just Think Twice is a website designed by the DEA for teens. There is information about drugs as well as real life stories of teens who died as a result of drug use.

  • A drug education website for parents and educators. Provides updated drug information and resources on marijuana use, including synthetic marijuana such as Spice/K2; drugged driving; how to identify drug paraphernalia, drug trend updates; and much more.

  • Supports and conducts research on the causes, consequences, treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. This site also provides FAQ’s for the general public and covers a wide range of alcohol-related topics.

  • Click on the "Parents and Educators" tab or "Drugs of Abuse" tab for drug information and facts, educational resource materials, curriculum guides, classroom tools and more.

  • Provides resources for locating drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, as well as information on what they can do to help with addiction recovery.

  • Provides information about the harmful effects of substances and other facts about substance use. There are also interactive videos and lesson plans for educators.

  • This website provides useful information for parents on types of drugs, substance abuse prevention, and how to talk to youth about peer pressure.

  • This CNN article titled, "The new Just say no to drugs" discusses the do's and don'ts of substance abuse prevention and the importance of educating youth.

  • In this article by Partnership Drug Free Kids, information is provided on how marijuana is vaped and how to tell if youth are vaping marijuana.

  • This site and many of the Above the Influence ads that you see were originally created as a part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Above the Influence has since transitioned away from federal oversight (as of March 2014), and is now a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.


Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
Boys Town National Hotline:  1-800-448-3000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline:  1-866-331-9474
National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline:  1-800-656-4673
Mental Health Association of Nebraska Helpline: 402-975-2032