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Substance Abuse: Substance Abuse

A guide to resources on addiction and recovery.

About This Guide

"Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanylis a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement."  "Opioid Overdose Crisis." National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, . Accessed 7 Nov. 2018.

The resources on this guide are varied and include research resources, fictional stories, government websites and agencies that can provide assistance for teens and families struggling with addiction.  Reach out to your school counselor or a trusted adult for help. Please know that


Recommended Fiction

Recommended Nonfiction (Print)

Resources in Connecticut

NHS eBook/Database Remote Access

Click the graphic below for the NHS database/eBook remote username/password. 

(Must be logged into an NPS Chrome account.)

Recommended Nonfiction (eBooks)

Please Note:  A login is required when accessing NHS eBooks from outside of school.

Recommended Databases

Current information on a number of issues.  Has an excellent portal page on Drug Abuse. (Click on widget and select Browse Issues to view alphabetical list of topics)

Use the menu on the left to select Drugs and Alcohol for many excellent resources on addiction and recovery including personal stories.

Additional Resources