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. 

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 to those who deal with today’s youth on a daily basis.

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, 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.

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)

Dangers of Bath Salts in Spotlight  Columbus Dispatch (Feb. 2013)

Thousands Die Annually from Pain Med Overdose  Wall Street Journal (Dec. 2012)


Abuse of Painkiller Drugs is an Epidemic in the U.S. (Aug. 2013)

Drug Education (

Non-Fiction Books

A Turmoil Called Home: My Family’s Journey into the Hell of Addiction (A Memoir) – Galen M. Cooper

Baffled by Addiction – Ed Hughes (

Beautiful Boy – David Sheff

Beyond the Influence – Katherin Ketcham and William Asbury

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents (2014) by Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Stay Close – Libby Cataldi

Under the Influence – James Milan and Katherine Ketcham


** SEE ALSO the Worthington Library link above for more book options