Learn More About National Prevention Week

Learn More About National Prevention Week

May 14 through May 19 is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance intended to increase action around and public awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) holds this week during the third week of May every year because of how important this time is for young people across the country – many schools are finishing up classes and exams and summer breaks are about to begin. According to data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), young people in the United States often try drugs for the first time in June and July, so this week aims to get information out ahead of then to provide people with knowledge about the dangers of substance abuse.

Every day will address a different topic. Per SAMHSA’s website,

Monday, May 14: Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness

Tuesday, May 15: Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse

Wednesday, May 16: Prevention of Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse

Thursday, May 17: Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana

Friday, May 18: Prevention of Suicide

Saturday, May 19: Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use

Raising awareness of these serious topics is incredibly important. Drug overdoses claimed approximately 64,000 lives in 2016; excessive alcohol use claimed an estimated 88,000 lives every year between 2006 and 2010; suicide claimed a reported 44,965 lives in 2016; cigarette smoking claims more than 480,000 lives every single year. Fighting back against these life-threatening issues will take a monumental effort, and raising awareness of the issues is a major step towards that goal.

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