At IMPACT, we aim to reduce teen alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois. Below, you will find links to articles, studies and podcasts to provide your family with information and resources to help you—and us—have an impact.


Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township - Youth and Family Behavioral Healthcare Guide - Click Here to View


Partnership for Drug Free Kids - Partnership for Drug Free Kids' mission is to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction. This is a great resource for parents, providing information and tips regarding what you can do to help your child make healthy choices.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the national public health institute of the United States.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) – Every year, the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey measures drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and related attitudes among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.

Sober Nation - Sober Nation is a national resource center and online community for people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens - NIDA for Teens is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This site is organized to help find what you are looking for, whether you are a teen, middle or high school teacher, or parent.  The purpose of this site is to facilitate learning about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and lives of teens.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Prevention First Prevention First is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to preventing teen drug use before it starts. 

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)Since 1992, CADCA has demonstrated that when all sectors of a community come together —social change happens. CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. 

Above the InfluenceAbove the Influence continues to be inspired by what teens have said about their lives, and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions. Every teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Above the Influence's goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol.

Too Smart to StartToo Smart To Start is a public education initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through this initiative, SAMHSA provides research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level to help them conduct an underage alcohol use prevention program. The materials are designed to educate youth about the harms of alcohol use and to support parents and caregivers as they participate in their children’s activities.

The Cool SpotsGames, quizzes, animation and graphics explain the risks of underage drinking and ways to resist peer pressure.

Building on Strengths: Improving Positive Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color

Alcohol Policy Information SystemAPIS provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels

Collaborative for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) - CAPT promotes the application of prevention science to advance state, tribal, jurisdictional, and community efforts to address substance use and misuse.

College Drinking: Changing the Culture - This is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health - SAMHSA has prioritized data, outcomes and quality - realizing an integrated data strategy and a national framework for quality improvement in behavioral health care will inform policy, measure program impact, and lead to improved quality of services and outcomes of individuals, families, and communities.

Stop Underage Drinking: Federal Portal of Prevention Resources - The federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking is working with governments and organizations at the state, territory, and local levels to reduce and prevent underage drinking and its consequences.

Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking - Host a meeting. Support a meeting. Find everything you need on this site to mobilize your community to prevent underage drinking. Join the conversation using #CommunitiesTalk.

Talk. They Hear You.SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

Alternatives YouthSince 1971, Alternatives has pursued our mission of facilitating personal development, strengthening family relationships, and enhancing the community’s well-being.

Youth Outreach ServicesYOS’s Prevention services help youth and families develop the skills and opportunities they need to make good choices and pursue positive activities.

articles & research


  • - Substance Use at 10-Year Lows at OPRF, according to IYS Data - Click Here to Read


  • New York Times - Talking With Teenagers About Marijuana - New York Times - Click Here to Read
  • Rosecrance - Teens & Weed: Still A Big Deal (A Parent's Guide to Talking With a Teenager About Marijuana) - Click Here to Read
  • University of Southern California - Marijuana Facts - Click Here to Read
  • Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School - Teens Who Smoke Pot at Risk for Later Schizophrenia, Psychosis - Click Here to Read
  • CBS News - Big Increase in Deaths, Poisonings from Synthetic Marijuana - Click Here to Read
  • CADCA - New Study Finds More Evidence of Marijuana's Damage on the Brain - Click Here to Read
  • CADCA - Study Finds Teens Likelihood Trying Marijuana Peaks Ages 16 & 18 - Click Here to Read
  • Prevention Plus Wellness - Parents Prevent Youth Marijuana Use - Click Here to Read
  • Prevention Plus Wellness - Youth Marijuana Use - Click Here to Read


  • Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School - Teens Often Take Prescription Drugs Prescribed for Peers - Click Here to Read


  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - 8 Ways to Talk With Your Teen about Drugs and Alcohol - Click Here to Read
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Facts on Underage Drinking - Click Here to Read
  • Chicago Tribune - It's Alcohol Awareness Month: Don't Be Those Parents - Click Here to Read


  • Roosevelt University - Youth Substance Use in Oak Park & River Forest: A mixed methods examination of epidemiological trends and an evaluation of the continuum of care - Click Here to Read
  • Pediatricians Should Ask Teens About Drug, Alcohol Use at Every Visit - Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School - Click Here to Read
  • Teen Drug Abuse: Help Your Teen Avoid Drugs - Mayo Clinic - Click Here to Read
  • DrugFacts - High School and Youth Trends - National Institute on Drug Abuse - Click Here to Read
  • Free Drug Information Test for Parents - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids40 Developmental Assets for Adolescent - Click Here to Read


Dr. Marian Piano - The Effects of Alcohol and Marijuana on the Adolescent Brain

Q&A with Kris Raino Ogden - Why Underage Substance Abuse is Higher in Oak Park & River Forest