OPSS strives to provide the DoD community with the best information and resources about safe dietary supplement usage, but we can’t do it without some help. OPSS has partnered with federal agencies and professional organizations to do just that. Learn more about each of our trusted partners below.
The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) includes information obtained from the labels of dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S., with a web-based user interface that provides ready access to label information. DSLD was developed to serve the research community, healthcare providers, and the public.
The mission of ODS at the National Institutes of Health is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health. Consumers, healthcare providers, and researchers will find credible information about dietary supplements at ODS.
DoD’s DDRP, under the Office of Drug Demand Reduction, aims to prevent drug abuse through education, outreach, and awareness programs, as well as detect and deter DoD civilian and military personnel from using illicit drugs and misusing prescription drugs. DDRP oversees random drug testing and its consequences, as well as anti-drug educational programs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients. FDA provides information primarily related to the regulation of dietary supplements and dietary supplement ingredients, as well as safety alerts, recalls, warning letters to supplement manufacturers, a list of tainted products marketed as dietary supplements, and guidance documents for industry.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) oversees the marketing and advertising of dietary supplement products and works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. FTC provides resources to help you spot and avoid deceptive marketing claims, such as supplements that claim to cure diseases.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. They offer information about common herbal and botanical supplements and other complementary, alternative, and integrative health practices.
Natural Medicines, from the Therapeutic Research Center, provides in-depth information about dietary supplement products and ingredients based on the best available scientific evidence. Get ratings for the safety and effectiveness of products along with the uses, benefits, side effects, interactions, etc., of ingredients found in supplements. Access to Natural Medicines is free using a .mil email address.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on topics such as food, agriculture, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. Their nutrition.gov website also provides a list of resources on dietary supplements, complementary and alternative medicines, herbs, and other dietary ingredients.
Too Much to Lose is a DoD educational campaign, aligned with the Defense Health Agency, designed to inform Service Members on the facts and risks related to prescription drug misuse and illicit and prohibited drug use. The campaign provides resources and tools to inform Service Members about risky drug use, including substances that might be permitted for use by the general public but are prohibited for them to use, such Read more...