We encourage parents and community residents to visit the following websites to learn more about the dangers of underage drinking and substance use. Our resource links provide valuable information regarding the dangers of substance use including the health risks associated with tobacco use and vaping.

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Treatment Resources

Long Island Crisis Center

The Long Island Crisis Center is available 24/7 at (516) 679-1111 if you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling suicidal. The center provides 24/7, free, high quality, confidential and non-judgmental services to support and empower Long Islanders at critical times in their lives. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. If you or someone else is in any immediate danger, call 911 immediately and notify the relevant authorities.

Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS)

NAFAS is a not-for-profit coalition of 26 community-based agencies across Nassau County, Long Island, committed to delivering affordable, accessible and comprehensive prevention and treatment services to individuals and families struggling with the consequences of drug, alcohol, gambling and other addictions and abuses.

New York State HOPE Line and Other Services

If you or someone you care about needs help for drug, alcohol, or gambling, Call or Text 1-877-8-HOPENY. Hope line services include All calls and texts are free and confidential; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ; Information and referrals from masters-level clinicians.

YES Community Counseling Center

YES Community Counseling Center is a community-based, non-profit organization that has been serving the residents of southeastern Nassau County since 1977. Though historically rooted in youth programs, we changed our name from Youth Environmental Services to better reflect the scope of services we provide, including school-based social work, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and a wide variety of other services. As a result, we tend to those who are struggling with issues including but not limited to domestic violence, chemical dependence, family conflict, sexual abuse, marital/peer difficulties, bereavement, and health concerns.

Alcohol & Drugs of Abuse

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website for parents, educators and caregivers.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Learn the Facts about Most Commonly Abused drugs

Heroin, Pain Medication and Prescription Drugs

Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force

Nassau County's Heroin Prevention Task Force is a partnership of community, social and government agencies dedicated to reducing the demand for heroin in Nassau County. It seeks to educate residents of the prevalence of the heroin problem, the signs and symptoms of addiction, and the resources available. Through public education, advocacy, media, law enforcement, and legislation, it seeks to eliminate drug related crime in Nassau County.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA outlines how opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. The webpage provides navigation to other substances that are of danger to our children's health and safety.

New York State Combat Addiction Heroin and Prescription Drug Resources

NYS Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Kitchen Table Toolkit, Fact Sheets, posters and public service announcements.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids and the Center on Addiction

Heroin & the Opioid Epidemic: From Understanding to Action Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Heroin-related deaths increased by more than five times between 2010 and 2017, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are seeing a sharp rise as well. The time to take action against the epidemic is now.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Rx Pain Medications. Know the Options. Get the Facts. is a series of 13 fact sheets designed to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as to educate patients who are prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and to provide resources on methods for alternative pain management. This particular fact sheet focuses on the side effects and interactions of pain medication including opioid use disorder and overdose.

Marijuana

Smart Approaches to Marijuana: Preventing Another Big Tobacco

Smart Approaches to Marijuana envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Our mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.

E-cigarettes and Vaping

Expert Views on E-cigarettes

Center on Addiction is a science-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Its purpose is to find, promote and enact the necessary solutions to end America’s deadly addiction crisis.

Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and Young People

This website is a product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, created through a partnership between the Office of the U.S Surgeon General and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health.

NIDA Drug Facts

National Institute on Drug Abuse provides important facts regarding the dangers of e-cigarettes to youth and young adults and its physcial effects on the human brain and body.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

How to Talk with Your Kids About Vaping

Energy Drinks

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health provides health, safety and and additional consumer product information regarding the dangers of energy drinks for youth and adults.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA's Science Spotlight provides insight to how energy drink consumption could link to future substance misuse.

Parenting: Prevention Tips and Communication

All About the Teen Years

The Partnership at Drug Free provides outstanding prevention resources regarding underage drinking and teen drug use as well as insight to teen brain development and behavior, risk factors and how to connect with our teens.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website provides families with a variety of resources regarding issues facing our children throughout their development toward young adulthood.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age

Power of Parents

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ADD’s Power of Parents program empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.

Talk 2 Prevent

New York State Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services website provides parents and caregivers with facts regarding the dangers of underage drinking and drug use as well as tips and strategies to communicate and connect with our children and teens.

Talk. They Hear You.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Talk. They Hear You. Campaign provides parents and caregivers with hands on resources to connect with tweens to discuss the dangers of underage drinking.