The following websites provide helpful information about drug abuse and addiction.


Above the Influence: – A website targeted to teenagers and college students with information on how they can stay away from the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

Addiction Policy Forum: - A resource for state and federal policy on addiction.

Addictions and   – A public service website to help one overcome addiction, based on independent and verified medical research.  Accessible definitions and tests to discover if someone has an addiction.

Centers for Disease Control:  – Information about the growing epidemic of overdoses.

Coalition Against Drug Abuse: – Discusses various types of drug and alcohol abuse problems and how to get help.

Don’t Get Me Started Ohio:  – A 2012 campaign to address the growing problem of prescription drug addiction and overdoses in Ohio.

Drug Facts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction: – A comprehensive site providing facts about various drugs, addiction, and research findings on effective treatment approaches for drug abuse and addiction.  This site can help family members and addicts evaluate whether a treatment program meets standards of best practices.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: – Addresses alcohol-related issues across the lifespan, to reduce the burden of illness resulting from the misuse of alcohol. An online resource is available to help people recognize and find high quality care for alcohol use disorder, which affects more than 15 million adults in the United States.

National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA:  – Supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction, a disease of the human brain. Offers many free documents on abuse and prevention.

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse: – An interactive web site geared specifically for teens, with age-appropriate facts on drugs.  Features videos, games, and blog posts.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  – OhioMHAS provides statewide leadership of a high-quality mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery system.  This site provides a locator for where to get help by Ohio county.  Also atoll-free bridge line is available for information and referral:  1-877-275-6364

Operation Street Smart: – Current narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects for those who deal with today’s youth on a daily basis.

Opioid Help: – An information hub with up-to-date news regarding the opioid epidemic as well as vital resources for those currently struggling from addiction to help them recover.

Prevention Action Alliance:  – Provides resources for parents,  college students,  and community leaders to take action to prevent substance abuse throughout the State of Ohio and beyond.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:  – The mission of this federal agency is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. This site offers many resources, including free publications on addiction and recovery.

The Generation Rx Initiative:  – Provides medication safety and prescription drug abuse prevention resources for schools, colleges, workplaces, and communities. Links are provided to various external resources, as well as materials developed at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

The Partnership at - A comprehensive website providing information on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.   A toll-free helpline offers confidential assistance to parents who want to talk about their child’s drug and alcohol use.

Worthington Libraries: - Non-fiction books available at the libraries as resources on addiction and recovery. Search the catalog under the subject “substance abuse.”

Youth to Youth International – Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1982 as a drug-prevention and youth leadership program focusing on middle school and high school students.  The goal is to promote and encourage students to live free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.


Fatal Prescription: America’s Pain-Pill Epidemic (Jan. 2014) - Concerns explode over new health risks of vaping Researchers link e-cigs to wounds that won’t heal and ‘smoker’s cough’ in teens by Lindsey Konkel I APR 25, 2017

Harvard study confirms dangers of vaping, Raquel Rutledge of the Journal Sentinel Dec. 09, 2015


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PRINT RESOURCES from the Worthington Libraries

Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide through Addiction and Recovery by Robin Barnett. 2016.
362.29 BAR

American Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic**by John Temple. 2015.
363.45 TEM

Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Plan for Getting To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery by Harry L. Haroutunian. 2013.
616.8606 HAR

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change: A Guide for Families by Jeffrey Foote. 2014.
616.86 FOO

The Big Fix: Hope after Heroin by Tracey Helton Mitchell. 2016.
262.293 MIT

The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease by Marc D. Lewis. 2015.
616.86 LEW

Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn. 2014. 
615.78 KUH

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy* by David Sheff. 2013.
362.29 SHE

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. 2015.
363.45 QUI

Drug Information for Teens. 2016.
362.29 DRU

The Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Assistance Directory: Public and Private Support Programs for Making It on the Outside by Ronald L. Krannich. 2016.
364.8 KRA

The Gilded Razor: A Memoir* by Sam Lansky. 2016.
362.29 LAN

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir** by Cat Marnell. 2017.
362.299 MAR

Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment – and How to Get Help that Works*** by Anne M. Fletcher. 2013.
362.29 FLE

Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery by Peg O’Connor. 2016.
362.29 OCO

Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life: A Guidebook for Parents by Linda Dahl. 2015.
362.29 DAH

Loving Someone in Recovery: The Answers You Need when your Partner is Recovering from Addiction by Beverly Berg. 2014.
616.86 BER

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Reference Handbook by David E. Newton. 2016.
362.29 NEW

The Recovery Book: Answers to All your Questions about Addiction and Alcoholism and Finding Health and Happiness in Sobriety by Al J. Mooney. 2014.
616.861 MOO

The 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of your Own Home*** by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews. 2016.
616.8606 CAN

Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz. 2016.
616.86 SZA

*Available on audio
**Available as an e-book
***Available both on audio and as an e-book