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Preventing Substance Abuse Begins with Knowledge

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2018


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FOR YOUR SAFETY...FOR YOUR LIFE

Here at the Department of Transportation, we are strongly focused on protecting the safety of the traveling public.  We want to make sure that people whose jobs affect not only their own safety, but that of everyone else who travels or can be affected by transportation systems, are alert, able to exercise good judgment in potential emergency situations, and committed to compliance with safe practices and safety rules.  That is the reason why, for nearly 30 years, the Department has implemented a safety-oriented drug and alcohol testing program for safety-sensitive transportation workers.

But, through our work in this program, we have become aware that preventing substance abuse is an imperative that reaches far beyond the transportation industry.  Substance abuse creates serious effects across our society:  people die, families are devastated, livelihoods are lost.  The effects of substance abuse on transportation safety grow out of this more pervasive problem.

Make no mistake: substance abuse affects your mind, body, and your future.  Whether you are at home, at work, in school, or just out and about, substance abuse poses a risk to you and those around you.  Whether you are an employee or an employer; a teenager, adult, parent or other caregiver; a family member or friend; an educator or health care professional, knowing about substance abuse is a good first step to preventing or dealing with it.

For this reason, we have compiled a list of resources -- mostly from Federal agencies -- that can help you learn about substance abuse and finding treatment; proper disposal of unwanted, unneeded or expired medication; workplace and prevention programs, facts about alcohol and drugs, and data and research on prevention practices.  The list is not all-inclusive, but it's a good starting point for finding out what you can do to prevent or deal with substance abuse issues in your life and the lives of people you know.

Click here to find treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health programs not related to the DOT Return to Duty requirements.

NOTE:  This page contains links to non-Federal websites.  The U.S. government, its organizational units, and its employees are not responsible for the information found through these links.  No endorsement of these sites or their content is provided or implied.

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              DRUGS

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              ALCOHOL

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              Glossary of Agency Terms

              Glossary of Agency Terms

              AAPCS

              American Association of Poison Control Centers

              BJA

              Bureau of Justice Assistance

              CDC

              Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

              DEA

              U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

              DEdu

              U.S. Department of Education

              DOJ

              U.S. Department of Justice

              FBI

              Federal Bureau of Investigation

              FDA

              U.S. Food & Drug Administration

              FTA

              Federal Transit Administration

              HHS

              U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

              NCPA

              National Community Pharmacists Assocation

              NIAAA

              National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

              NIDA

              National Institute on Drug Abuse

              NIFA

              National Institute of Food and Agriculture

              NIH

              National Institutes of Health

              ODAPC

              Office of Drug and Aclohol Policy and Complaince

              OJP

              Office of Justice Programs

              ONDCP

              Office of National Drug Control Policy

              SAMHSA 

              Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

              UNODC

              United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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