Additional Resources

General information and support:

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) partners with local public health, policymakers, health care providers, businesses and many others to fulfill their mission of promoting and protecting the health of Iowans.

The mission of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is to serve as a leader and a catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime.

Youth Resources:

SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.

Tobacco & Nicotine Specific Resources:

Quitline Iowa offer confidential, free access to support to quit using tobacco or nicotine products. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is offered to many clients at no charge. Both phone and text services are available.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. They work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

Are you wanting to protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke? The Iowa Department of Public Health provides a database of smoke-free housing available throughout the state. To find available smoke-free housing near you, enter both the city and state or your zip code for a listing of registered smoke-free housing.

Alcohol Resources:

Guided by their mission to lead the nation’s research efforts on alcohol use and abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports research conducted within the Institute, as well as in institutions around the world.

The What Do You Throw Away Campaign helps youth identify risks associated with underage drinking.


Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy.

Prescription Drugs:

In 2010, the Iowa Pharmacy Association launched TakeAway, Iowa’s medication disposal program, in an effort to curb the consequences of improper medication disposal and to educate the Iowa public about proper pharmaceutical disposal. More than 440 pharmacies in Iowa participate in TakeAway and properly dispose of unused or expired medications that are not considered controlled substances. Learn more about which medications can be disposed of through TakeAway and find a participating pharmacy near you.

Permanent prescription drug drop boxes that accept controlled substances are located throughout our service area.

ASAC has developed a Prescription Drug Prevention Tool Kit for parents, homeowners, and others interested in proper medication management and disposal. This kit includes information on local permanent medication drop boxes that accept controlled substances, as well as information on how to properly monitor and secure medications in the home.

Talk, Lock, Connect is a state resource provided by the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center. This program provides tools for parents and other adults to prevent teen medication misuse and abuse.

Gambling Resources:

Learn more about problem gambling and gambling disorder

1-800-Bets-Off is an Iowa state-funded helpline that provides problem gambling information and referral services. Support is also available by texting (855) 895-8398.

Your Life Iowa has a wealth of resources for those seeking assistance with problem gambling, from a three-question “Am I at risk?” quiz to help for family and friends. Support and assistance is offered through live chat.

The National Council on Problem Gambling provides advocacy for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.

The National Center for Responsible Gaming is a national organization devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of gambling disorder and youth gambling.

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