Greetings! Here is your monthly update from Prevention First about programs, training, resources and prevention news from trusted sources.
“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”

― Gever Tulley
We understand these are challenging times! We want to remind you that even though we can not be together right now in classroom training, we are still here to help! Prevention First Training and Technical Assistance staff can assist you in adjusting your prevention plans. 

We can assist you by: 

  • Brainstorming solutions to adjust your prevention plans given the current challenges 
  • Identifying resources to build your capacity and further your professional development 
  • Identifying ways to plan ahead for SFY21 and make improvements to your programs and services 
  • Connect you with the resources you may need 

For technical assistance or questions contact:
Prevention Resources during COVID-19

To better serve substance use prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic response, we have added a list of resources to support providers, parents, caretakers, community members, and other allies with help to overcome specific challenges brought by new distancing standards.

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Helping Youth Find Their Voice

Social distancing is the new normal, but we still need to be heard. Youth working in Prevention feel that need as well. National Prevention Week is upon us, so now is the time to train your youth on finding their voice. The Alcohol Policy Resource Center has a Youth – Your Voice Counts series with tips on Educating Elected Officials , Educating on Policy , and Partnering with Law Enforcement
The APRC can provide Technical Assistance on helping your youth find their voice. If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Henrichs or Jody Heavilin .
4 Easy Steps
to Reach Your Audience
This short video from Prevention First provides tips for reaching your campaign audience in 4 easy steps. This video is intended for Illinois Substance Use Prevention Providers implementing communication campaigns.
To all SADD Advisors
or YAC Sponsors:
IL SADD understands that there are a lot of seniors missing out on events and moments they have looked forward to for all of their high school years. We know we can't make up for these lost memories, but we'd like to honor all of your SADD seniors, with your help.  

Click on the video to learn how you can help us!
DEA launches 'Secure Your Meds' campaign

DEA holds its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, DEA postponed the take back day originally scheduled for April 25 and launched an awareness campaign instructing Americans to safely 'Secure Your Meds' for the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on a date to be determined.

We have provided a zip file of social assets and other resources for providers to use to promote the campaign.

Click the image to download the resource pack.
Tech Companies Launch Online Platform to Offer Support...

Google, Facebook and Twitter have partnered to launch an online platform to offer support for people with substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, CNBC reports.

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Experts fear social isolation could push recovering...

SAMHSA expects to see a rise in substance misuse as a direct result of COVID 19 Those in recovery now lack the coping mechanisms they rely on to stay sober Medications, counseling and social supports all are less accessible right now Financial...

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Upcoming Training

Vaping 101 and Trends Among
Youth in Illinois (Webinar)

Dr. Brian Williams of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will present an overview of vaping, including basic facts of vaping and how it works, the harm it causes, and current national youth vaping stats and trends. Jake Levinson will share Illinois-specific data regarding vaping use among youth – taken from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey.

Technical Assistance from Prevention First

The technical assistance offered at Prevention First expands professional development beyond training to assist substance use prevention providers in applying what they have learned in their communities. Timely, flexible and provider-tailored technical assistance is available to meet the individual needs of providers. For more information about technical assistance or other services we offer, click Email Provider Services .
Recorded Webinars
at Prevention First

Perhaps you were busy during the live webinar...or didn't know when it was scheduled. We've got ya covered!

Check out the Recorded Webinar tab in the SUPP Training Events. In each description is a link to the recording. Simply complete the registration and submit. The recording will begin and you are ready to go! NOTE: No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars.
Illegal ID Detection

The use of illegal ID’s to obtain alcohol and other identity-based crimes have been on the rise in recent years. Fraudulent ID’s can be easily purchased online, many times from overseas sources. Communities are encouraged to put in place consistent, hands-on measures to combat the use of fake ID’s. During this webinar, participants will examine the magnitude of the problem, review the varying types of fake ID’s, learn where fraudulent ID’s are sourced, learn the unintended consequences of usage, identify effective enforcement, and learn what prevention strategies can be implemented.

Looking for additional resources for
prevention during a pandemic? Here are some additional trainings provided by our partners in the field.

CADCA launched the webinar series 'Webinar Wednesdays' in April, hosting free webinars each Wednesday from April 15 - June 17. Topics include youth and sector engagment, sustainability, best practices during COVID-19 and more!

SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and has provided Guidance and Resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country during .

The  Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network , and the  Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network  are facilitating a FREE online d is cussion and resource sharing opportunity for the substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery fields focused on emerging issues around the new social implications of COVID-19. 
Be sure to check out the
Virtual Clearinghouse

There are loads of great resources in the  Virtual Clearinghouse  on the  Prevention First website .

Resources include printed materials, digital materials, presentations, and helpful links. New materials are added periodically so be sure to visit often.