Training and Technical Assistance Tools

Find training and technical assistance tools to support your prevention efforts and help you use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).

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Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse: Selected Strategies and Associated Risk Factors

This at-a-glance chart provides a quick look at prevention strategies that have been shown to directly address common risk factors associated with prescription drug misuse.


Preventing Opioid Misuse and Overdose: Data Sources and Tools to Inform Assessment and Planning Efforts

Presents a list of 16 key data sources for prescription opioids and heroin to inform assessment and planning efforts.

Opioid Use in the Older Adult Population

Provides a sampling of information resources that address opioids and older adults.

CAPT Resources to Prevent the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs, Opioid Misuse, and Opioid Overdose

This tool provides a compilation of resources to support the prevention of opioid misuse, including the non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) and heroin use.



Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Factors Associated with Use

This CAPT decision-support tool offers a summary of research findings on risk and protective factors associated with youth marijuana use.

Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Programs and Strategies

This CAPT decision-support tool presents detailed descriptions of substance misuse prevention strategies and associated interventions that have been evaluated to determine their effects on youth marijuana use.

Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Data Resources

This CAPT decision-support tool offers a comprehensive listing of available data resources and surveys developed by and for a range of federal agencies and that collect data on marijuana use and its consequences.

Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: National Survey Measures

This CAPT decision-support tool provides information on how national surveys measure youth marijuana use, as well as factors and consequences associated with such use.

Words Matter: How Language Choice Can Reduce Stigma

This resource examines the role of language in perpetuating substance use disorder stigma, followed by tips for assessing when and how we may be using stigmatizing language, and steps for ensuring that the language we use and messages we deliver are positive, productive, and inclusive.

Preventing the Consequences of Opioid Overdose: Understanding 911 Good Samaritan Laws

This resource provides an overview of Good Samaritan Laws and steps prevention practitioners can take to increase awareness of this important overdose prevention strategy.

Illicit Synthetic Opioids: Understanding Potential Risks for First Responders

This resource provides an overview of guidelines to protect first responders from being harmed by illicit synthetic opioids

Preparing for Prescriber Education: Getting the Lay of the Land

This practice-support tool identifies the different agencies responsible for prescribing and distributing prescription opioids in a community.

Media Campaigns to Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse, Youth Marijuana Misuse, and Underage Drinking: Evidence of Effectiveness

Summarizes evaluation findings from a selection of media campaigns (current and past) shown to be effective in preventing critical substance use-related problems.

Actions to Strengthen Your Evidence-based Program Workgroup

This tool presents a four-step approach to strengthening and revitalizing evidence-based program workgroups so they are prepared to address current prevention priorities and meet evolving needs.

Actions to Strengthen Your State Epidemiological Workgroup

This CAPT tool helps states, tribes and jurisdictions create new, or revitalize existing workgroups with an emphasis on sustainability.

America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014

This report provides nationwide statistics on traditional milestones of adulthood among young adults such as education, economic circumstances, and health.

An Annotated Bibliography of Measurement Compendia

This annotated bibliography provides links to online compilations of reliable, valid, and standard measures of behavioral health indicators and outcomes.

Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework and HHS Disparity Impact Measurement Framework to Address Behavioral Health Disparities

This infographic explores ways to address behavioral health disparities at each step of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).

Assessing Readiness to Use Social Media for Prevention

Use this resource to assess your organization’s readiness to use social media to support your prevention efforts.

Basic Epidemiology (2nd Edition)

The second edition of Basic Epidemiology, a World Health Organization publication, provides examples of the uses and applications of epidemiology in public health.