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
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.

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.

Managing Behavior in the Classroom Series: Skills for Substance Misuse Prevention Professionals

Prevention Specialists often work in School and Community settings with students. These can be short interactions or ongoing programs, but regardless of duration, they require skills in managing a learning environment, engaging students, and dealing with any negative behaviors of students as they occur in a way that is safe for all students but minimizes disruption. This series is for prevention specialists who want to sharpen these skills of classroom management.

In this three-part training series, you will learn about effective classroom management, including:

● Basic classroom management strategies (March 10, 2023)

● Tips for meaningful student engagement (March 17, 2023)

● Proactive behavior management strategies for facilitating hot-button classroom discussions (March 24, 2023)

You can attend one, two, or all three sessions. You do not need to attend one to attend subsequent sessions.

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.

Massachusetts Youth Health Survey (MYHS)

The MYHS is the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's (MDPH) surveillance project to assess the health of youth and young adults in grades 6-12.

It is conducted by the MDPH Health Survey Program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) in randomly selected public middle and high schools in every odd-numbered year. The anonymous survey contains health status questions in addition to questions about risk behaviors and protective factors.

MassCALL3B Office Hours: Strategic Plan Submission and Review Process

This session focused on the process to follow in submitting your strategic plan deliverables, what to expect in the review process, and answering any questions coordinators have.

You can watch the recording of the MC3B Office Hours here
Pass code to Access Recording:@9nka^Z6

You can download the notes and PowerPoint below.

Archived Event
Microlearning Toolkit: Vaping Prevention 101

Brush up on your cannabis knowledge with this series of short lessons on vaping and prevention! Each lesson consists of a 5-10 minute video followed by a brief quiz. Topics include: effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain, public health implications of youth ENDS use and why vaping/e-cigarette use appeals to youth.

MOAPC Logic Model Development Guide

This guide provides guidance for developing a logic model specific to the MOAPC grant, a logic model examples, as well as a logic model template.

Narrative Design Toolkit

This guide will help you get started in thinking about narrative, articulating your narrative strategy, and designing and implementing your narrative projects. By narrative project, we mean any activity that advances narrative goals, including messaging campaigns, social media campaigns, videos, art installations, street theater, deep canvassing, direct actions, mass mobilizations, and more. 

National American Indian & Alaska Native PTTC

The National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NAIAN-PTTC) aims to provide training and technical assistance services to the substance abuse prevention field including professionals, para-professionals, organizations and others in the prevention community focused on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

NAIAN-PTTC activities and services are focused on developing and disseminating culturally appropriate tools and strategies needed to improve the capacity of prevention specialists to deliver effective, culturally informed, evidence-based/knowledge practices with the intent of enhancing the quality of substance abuse prevention interventions, trainings and other prevention activities in AI/AN communities.

National Hispanic & Latino PTTC

he mission of the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center is to provide high-quality training and technical assistance to improve the capacity of the workforce serving Hispanic and Latino communities in behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery. We disseminate and support the implementation of evidence-based and promising practices to enhance service delivery, promote the growth of a diverse, culturally competent workforce, and bridge access to quality behavioral health services. We are committed to increasing health equity and access to effective culturally and linguistically grounded approaches.

Necessary Conversations: Understanding Racism as a Barrier to Achieving Health Equity

Authentic conversations about racial inequities are essential, difficult, and urgent. There are many forces that prevent people from talking about racism. Without honest reflections on race and the history of this nation, conversation and narratives often generate unproductive fear, shame, guilt, avoidance, and denial. We need to move past that to a place of healing and action. A book by RWJF’s chief science officer, Dr. Alonzo Plough, shows us how.  

New England Prevention Specialist Onboarding and Orientation Roadmap 2021

With this resource, the New England PTTC hopes to provide a strong science-based overview of the field for new professionals to assist them in getting through the orientation phase and into the work they came to do more quickly, and with a shared perspective throughout the region. Specific substance use prevention initiatives likely have their own onboarding process and tools that are program-specific. This resource is offered to supplement these program specific trainings, and give a scope of the prevention field.

This document is a living document that will change as the field of substance use prevention changes within the state, regionally, and nationally. Prevention specialists are welcome to return to this document at any point to review 101 level concept and ideas.

This document is interactive in that almost every graphic is clickable to bring you to an in-depth and reliable resource to learn more about the discussed topic. Many words are underlined to help break complex topics down into more details, as well. These links will be updated as this document is updated if more timely research or data is found within the field.

New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center

The New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, administered by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., provides training and technical assistance services to the professional and volunteer prevention workforce within the New England states. The New England PTTC is developing a diverse program with multiple modes of training and information dissemination. This includes collaboration with states to hold live, in person trainings featuring the latest prevention science, but also multiple opportunities for distance learning to maximize the reach of technical assistance in the region. The New England PTTC also puts a focus on workforce development initiatives, to include introducing New England high school students and young adults to the many educational and career opportunities within the prevention field.  

The New England PTTC will serve as a hub of specialty expertise in providing training and technical assistance in the area of cannabis risk education and prevention

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?