Resources

Resource Library

Search our resource library to access a wealth of information to support your substance misuse prevention efforts. Use the drop down menus to search by resource type and/or prevention topic, or type a keyword into the search bar. New resources added regularly!

Resource Title Description Resource Type
Handbook for Community Anti-drug Coalitions

The Handbook for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions provides an overview of resources for and about community coalitions. It helps educate, inform and empower local coalitions and provides some of the basic tools needed to become effective and sustainable.

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Health Equity and Prevention Primer

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) is a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in achieving health, safety, and health equity through policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement.

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Implementing Promising Community Interventions

Information on illustrative interventions using various strategies for change.

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Implementing Social Marketing

This toolkit assists in developing a social marketing effort to promote adoption and use of innovations.

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Improving Organizational Management and Development

This toolkit provides guidance for enhancing your organization's governance structure and improving communication.

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Increasing Participation and Membership

This toolkit provides guidance for increasing participation and engaging stakeholders in change efforts.

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Leadership and Management

Information about the core functions of leadership, management, and group facilitation.

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Local, State, and National Data Sources

This resource provides an annotated list of data sources that provide information on substance misuse and related behavioral health problems.

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Locating Data on Risk Factors for Opioid Overdose

Practitioners working on opioid overdose prevention efforts can use this tool to: learn more about behaviors they know or suspect are contributing to opioid overdose in their communities, in order to better target their prevention efforts; identify new sources of data to supplement those with which they are already familiar; identify proxy measures (that is, data alternatives) for factors of interest (if, for example, specific types of data are not available at the local level); identify potential prevention partners (for example, local hospitals and emergency medical services) who regularly collect data on a range of relevant factors.

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Locating Data on Risk Factors for Opioid Overdose

Practitioners working on opioid overdose prevention efforts can use this tool to: learn more about behaviors they know or suspect are contributing to opioid overdose in their communities, in order to better target their prevention efforts; identify new sources of data to supplement those with which they are already familiar; identify proxy measures (that is, data alternatives) for factors of interest (if, for example, specific types of data are not available at the local level); identify potential prevention partners (for example, local hospitals and emergency medical services) who regularly collect data on a range of relevant factors.

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Making the Case through Media Advocacy: A Toolkit

This toolkit provides a compilation of tips and talking points for making the case for community prevention. They are based on Prevention Institute’s daily analysis of how the media is (and isn’t) framing community prevention. Using this information, you can expand and shift the frame of how the media depicts community prevention, to ensure that the whole picture is shown and that community prevention is framed accurately and comprehensively.

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Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) Guidance Document

This guidance document is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups who are implementing efforts to prevent and/or reduce opioid misuse and overdose in Massachusetts, including those whose efforts are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), and more specifically, grantees of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative.

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Not Your Mother’s Scare Tactics: The Changing Landscape of Fear-based Messaging Research

This resource presents findings from a systematic review of the recent literature examining associations between scare tactics, fear-based messages, and substance misuse. Informed by this research, this brief addresses three main questions: (1) What are scare tactics and fear-based messages, and how have they changed over time?; (2) Are these types of messages effective?; and (3) What are the implications of these approaches for prevention?

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Organizing for Effective Advocacy

Information on advocacy principles, advocacy research, providing education, direct action campaigns, media advocacy, and responding to opposition.

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Overcoming Barriers to Data-sharing

This resource provides an overview of some common barriers to obtaining archival data, and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

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