In developing this website, our researchers conducted a comprehensive search for online resources pertaining to teen substance use, including informational sites, online treatment tools, and mobile apps. To identify possible resources, researchers used Google and Yahoo to search for combinations of terms, including: web-based, interactive, online, drug treatment, recovery, alcohol, substance use, substance abuse, teen, teenager, youth, adolescent, self guide, prevention, education, smoking, tobacco, inhalant, drinking, sms text, addiction, mobile, intervention. In addition, specific sites were reviewed (NREPP, HCI Bibliography) and databases searched (PubMed, Lexis Nexus, Health Games Research, Center on Media and Child Health, National Academy of Medicine's Grey Literature report).
The research was directed by Mathea Falco, President of Drug Strategies, and Dr. Lisa Marsch, Director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. The research team reviewed the content of each website, determining which resources were most appropriate and relevant.
Between March-July, 2013, we reviewed a total of 86 websites and 12 apps. Of this group, we retained 43 websites and 4 apps. Duplicate websites, dead links and websites that had not been updated in two years were eliminated. Sites that required a registration fee or were created primarily to sell services or other products were not included, nor were mobile apps that required purchase. We also eliminated resources that did not pertain to teen substance use, or were limited to a specific geographic area. In addition, websites that did not appear to the research team to reflect the current state of knowledge about effective substance use education, prevention, treatment and recovery, or were of unknown origin, were omitted.