News & Research

Dear friends of SKPP,

7 of our lovely SKPP Youth Coalition students are currently fundraising to attend the CADCA mid-year Youth Leadership conference this summer. Unfortunately, we had not planned for this mid-year conference in our DFC budget, but these youth are so passionate about attending and bringing more leadership skills to the community, that we are committed to getting them to this conference.  Will you please share this link to promote their fundraising efforts?  Could you ask your employer to make a contribution or consider supporting this from your own business? We thank you for your support.  These students have truly inspired us to continue the work that we do. We know they will come back and make further contributions to our community after attending this conference.
Click below and share this link to the Go Fund Me Page:

To be really committed to preventing and reducing the use of alcohol and other drugs by teens, a community needs to know the facts.

AOD use by teens has an immediate negative impact on their safety. It harms their physical, psychological, social and emotional health — and their academic and employment performance. It has profound and sometimes lasting effects on their brain development.

Check out the links on this page to learn more about what happens to teens and the welfare of the community when teens use alcohol and other drugs. We’ll update research and scientific findings regularly and add older posts to our Archive.



Preventing Teen Substance Use

What Parents Need to Know: A Prescription Drug Abuse Documentary
Mar 21, 2017

Watch this 12 minute documentary about the real dangers of medicine abuse and ways to prevent and respond to it.

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Mindfulness video
Jan 10, 2017

Watch this video made by teens about Mindfulness



The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction
Jan 05, 2017

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction  By MAIA SZALAVITZ SEPT. 29, 2016

A new antidrug program tested in Europe, Australia and Canada is showing promise. Called Preventure, the program, developed by Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal, recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction. This program focuses on four risky traits: sensation­seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness.  Please follow the link below for the full article.


Parent Talk Kit
Dec 06, 2016

Check out this guide from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids The Medicine Abuse Project titled Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  This is a great resource providing age-specific talking points for famillies to use to begin speaking about prevention. For additional resources and information, please click on this link:


10 Facts about Teens and Drug Use
Nov 12, 2016

Follow the link below for 10 hard-hitting facts you need to know.


Help your teen avoid drugs: Advice from the Mayo Clinic
Sep 30, 2014

Learn what research tells us about why teens abuse drugs — and the serious consequences of teen drug use. This informative article offers proven strategies for talking with teens about drugs without “scare tactics” . . . and keeping them drug-free. Read more

Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders
Sep 30, 2014

In this comprehensive manual published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), you’ll learn about rigorously testedprinciples and methods proven to significantly reduce early use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs by youth. You can download this research-based “prevention handbook”at no cost from NIDA’s website. Read more


Alcohol and Teens

Let's keep teen alcohol use on the downward trend
Mar 21, 2017

Teens now are also less likely to drink alcohol. About a third of high school seniors said they’d used alcohol in the past month. That number is still higher than we’d like—alcohol increases the risk of car crashes and injuries, and underage drinking is especially dangerous because teens’ brains are still developing—but it’s better than 20 years ago, when about half of seniors said they had used alcohol in the past month.

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Under Construction: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
Oct 04, 2016

Helpful video to understand the effects of alcohol use in the teenage years.
Under Construction: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain

Source: YouTube - TurningPointTraining


AMA: Teen alcohol use interferes with brain development
Sep 30, 2014

Check out this report by the American Medical Association that examined the physiological and medical consequences of drinking by young people, particularly with respect to neurotoxic and harmful cognitive effects.Underage drinking is not “just a passing phase.” It’s high-risk behavior that can lead to lasting problems. Read more


The Cost of Underage Drinking in Rhode Island:$214 Million
Sep 30, 2014

Underage drinking in Rhode Island costs the state nearly one-quarter of a billion dollars a year!  Check out this fact sheet from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Teen drinking harms communities too!   Read more


Marijuana and Teens

ASAPScience: Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana
Oct 04, 2016

Clink this link to understand how marijuana comsumption affects the brain:

Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana  Source: AsapSCIENCE


Heavy Marijuana Use Alters Teenage Brain Structure
Sep 30, 2014

A clear, concise Psychology Today article published in 2014 that summarizes a study from Northwestern University that found that teen marijuana users were shown to have abnormal changes in their brain structures related to working memory .Read more

Why it's still a big deal if your teen smokes pot
Sep 30, 2014

Just tell kids like it is: Your beautiful brain isn’t ready for pot.  This parent-focused article is accompanied by several videos on marijuana, courtesy of CNN. Read more

Teen 'self medication' for depression leads to more serious mental illness
Sep 30, 2014

Millions of American teens report experiencing weeks of hopelessness and loss of interest in normal daily activities. Research shows that some teens are using marijuana to alleviate feelings of depression when, in fact, using marijuana can compound the problem. Is your teen “self-medicating?” Learn more about this research as reported in Science Daily® Read more


Other Drugs that Teens Use

How can prescription drugs lead to heroin use?
Mar 21, 2017

Nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by abusing prescription drugs. Follow one person's journey in the pictograph by following the link below:

How to Talk with Your Teen About E-cigs
Mar 21, 2017

Before the Talk, know the facts. Be patient and ready to listen. 

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Surgeon General's PSA on e-cigarettes
Mar 20, 2017

Please watch this PSA from the Surgeon General regarding e-cigarettes:

Click this link for more resources on e-cigs:

Surgeon General's Report on E-cigarettes
Dec 12, 2016

E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States.

Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.

The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has published a new report regarding the impact of e-cigarettes on health.  The full report may be found using this link:


Vaping teens more apt to move on to regular cigarettes: U.S. study
Nov 12, 2016

Older teens who try electronic cigarettes have six times the odds of trying regular cigarettes within two years than those who never puffed on the devices, a study published on Monday found.

"We're concerned that kids who experiment with e-cigarettes may be moving on to other types of tobacco products, like combustible cigarettes, which are arguably a lot more dangerous," said University of Southern California researcher Jessica Barrington-Trimis, lead author of the study published in the journal Pediatrics. Read full article by clicking this link:

(Reporting by Andrew Seaman; Editing by Will Dunham) HEALTH NEWS | Mon Jun 13, 2016 | 12:03am EDT



In Marlboro Country, a Big-Money Race for the New Smoke
Nov 12, 2016

That’s right: Philip Morris, of all companies, is telling smokers to quit. Here, beyond the sun-dappled reflecting pool, scientists in lab coats are searching for the Big Tobacco’s magic bullet: cigarette substitutes.

So far, Philip Morris has spent more than$3 billion on its post-cigarette push.

Whatever the concerns about cigarette substitutes, many agree e-cigs and the like are safer than ordinary smokes. But there are fears that all these new products may ultimately drive people back to conventional cigarettes -- or get nonsmokers hooked on the habit.

Link to the full article:

By Jennifer Kaplan   October 23, 2016 — 9:00 PM EDT

Smoking vs Vaping video
Oct 04, 2016

Source: AsapSCIENCE


Information on Heroin and Other Opioids
Oct 02, 2016

From Understanding to Action

Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Deaths from heroin increased 248% between 2010 and 2014. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.

The time to take action against this epidemic is now."-

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A Parents’ Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse
Sep 30, 2014

Next to alcohol and marijuana, the most common drugs teens are using to get high are prescription medications. Many kids believe medications are safer to abuse than illegal drugs — but abusing prescription drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death. Check out this easy-to-read guide for signs of Rx drug abuse and what you can do to prevent it. Read more


A Resource Guide to Educate Parents and the Community on the Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse
Sep 30, 2014

Parents can have a powerful impact in deterring and intervening in teen drug abuse.

In this resource guide you will find: Facts and Figures, Drug Abuse Signs & Symptoms, Tips for Parents, Methods for Safe Storage and Disposal, Resources for Getting Treatment and Community Resources. Read more


10 Over-the-Counter Medicines Abused by Teens
Sep 30, 2014

Is your medicine cabinet a source for a teen’s “legal high?” Many mistakenly believe that OTC medicines are safer than prescription medicines and illegal street drugs. They are in fact safe and effective when taken as directed, but even OTC medicines—including herbals—can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects when abused. Check out this informative article about the 10 most common OTC drugs used by teens. Read more