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Addiction Science,
Drug Info, & Statistics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the world leader in supporting research on drug use. Learn more about addiction science, different drugs, and read the latest research news.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports research on alcohol use. Learn all about alcohol effects on the brain and body and get up-to-date news releases.

Erowid is a non-profit organization that provides information about many different psychoactive substances.

Learn about US drug policy and scheduling here.

Find out current levels of drug and alcohol use in the US and emerging trends at these links:

  • SAMHSA is the leading source of behavioral health data in the United States

  • NSDUH is an annual survey of drug use

  • DAWN reports drug-related ER visits annually

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Fight the Stigma of Drug Addiction

People with substance use disorders are often stigmatized. Stigma (a negative attitude attached to a person placing disgrace on them for a perceived failing or difference to societal norms) creates feelings of shame, fear, and loneliness, and ultimately prevents them seeking help. Stigma also affects public health interventions proven to reduce drug use such as substitution therapy, needle exchange, and safe use sites. An important way that we can help to end the stigma is to change the language we use. Learn more about SUD stigma and how to combat it here:

Words can Hurt - Words can Heal

Screening, Prevention,
Treatment, & Recovery

Online tools can help evaluate your own use of drugs and alcohol, and provide advice and tips to help you control substance use and prevent development of a more serious use disorder:

  • TAPS is a brief screening survey from NIDA 

  • Rethinking Drinking is a detailed guide from NIAAA to evaluate alcohol use and help develop a strategy to control drinking

  • A guide to brief standard screening for primary care providers

There is a massive treatment gap for substance use disorders and less than 20% of people who require help to control their substance use receive any treatment. Thus, online treatment locators now exist so that people can find help more easily:

  • SAMHSA treatment locator

  • Alcohol treatment locator

  • ASAM resources and support groups

  • AAAP treatment locator

  • AACAP for adolescents

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For resources in the Chicagoland area, please click here

For campus resources for students and employees at UIC, please click here

 

For campus resources for students and employees at UI Springfield, please click here

For campus resources for students and employees at UIUC, please click here.

 

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