Substance Abuse Prevention

Opioid Prevention PSAs

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) is the primary funder of substance abuse prevention services in Georgia. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) delivers prevention services through a comprehensive, multi-strategic prevention approach by

  • Providing national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use and
  • Promoting effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively.

2018 Annual Synar Report
2017 Annual Synar Report

DBHDD facilitates the administation of SAMHSA funds along with the individual funding provided by the State of Georgia government for projects, services and initiatives.


Current Substance Abuse Prevention Initiatives & Projects


Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP)
The ASAPP funds state-wide efforts for alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Currently Georgia is addressing early onset of alcohol use and abuse and binge drinking among youth 9-25 years old as major public health issues. The project requires all contracted providers to participate in a state-level evaluation and conduct and share results of their own local community evaluations.

Drugs Don’t Work (DDW)
DDW provides assistance to companies across Georgia in achieving state certification as a drug-free workplace. The program provides a sample substance abuse policy, discounted drug testing, annual employee drug education and supervisor training, monthly training newsletters, employee assistance programs (EAP) and a list of treatment and counseling centers.

Generation Prescription Drug (Gen Rx)
The GEN Rx Project is a response to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among youth and young adults in Georgia. GEN Rx works to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce prescription abuse among 12 – 25 year olds within the targeted areas of Catoosa, Early and Gwinnett counties. The project is through a Federal SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant. 

Georgia Teen Institute
Georgia Teen Institute (GTI), an initiative of Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc. (GUIDE), is a youth leadership program for Youth Action Teams throughout Georgia. The institute begins with a summer training program and continues with year-round support. GTI is dedicated to providing young people in middle and high schools with opportunities to become strong leaders.

GA Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Collaborative (GADAPC)
GADAPC is composed of public and private sectors and works collectively across Georgia to prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse through education, monitoring, proper medication disposal, and enforcement.
Collaborative members network with community and political leaders to monitor policy, law enforcement and legislative efforts around these issues.

Maternal Substance Abuse Child Development (MSACD)
Through a statewide contract with Emory University, the MSACD Prevention Program is committed to raising the awareness of the devastating effects of alcohol and other substances when used during pregnancy by providing a range of prevention services to agencies, communities, and families across the state of Georgia.

Prevention Clubhouses
DBHDD funds three very innovative and unique prevention clubhouses that provide prevention services to high risk youth ages 12-17 through evidence-based curriculums, peer mentorship, and interactive programs for building coping, decision-making, and life skills. These clubhouses provide a safe, comfortable and exciting place for the youth they serve:
Next Generation Youth Development (Dawson County, GA)
DR3AM'RS Clubhouse Program (Norcross, GA) 
100 Black Men of West Georgia (LaGrange, GA)

SYNAR (GA DOR) Tobacco Compliance
The goal of the Synar Amendment (passed in 1992 and sponsored by Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma) is to reduce the number of successful illegal tobacco purchases by minors to no more than 20 percent of attempted buys. DBHDD partners with the Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol & Tobacco Division, and the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute on Government to enforce state laws against the sale of tobacco products to minors.

Voices for Prevention (V4P)
V4P provides policy education regarding substance abuse prevention-related legislation and supporting activities for service providers, schools systems, representatives, parents and community members. They collaborate with law enforcement agencies to develop and employ tools that reduce and prevent substance abuse in Georgia.

State Targeted Response (STR) Opioid Crisis
In 2017, DBHDD was awarded a two-year grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to address the opioid crisis. In the first year, DBHDD received $11.8 million to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities.

Red Ribbon Campaign
The Red Ribbon Campaign is a media and activity driven strategy aimed at building universal awareness of the importance of a drug-free lifestyle. During each year’s Red Ribbon Week (October 23–31), schools and communities are encouraged to develop messages and activities to demonstrate their commitment to living drug-free lifestyles.

GASPS Data Warehouse
The GA Strategic Prevention System Data Warehouse is an online repository containing a wealth of information on substance abuse, its consequences, and related social indicators. County-level data includes student health surveys, substance abuse-related arrests, traffic morbidity and mortality, vital records information, child wellness indicators, and substance abuse treatment admissions.