National Prevention Week: May 12 - May 17, 2019

National Prevention Week: May 12 - May 17, 2019

Novus Detox has been providing personalized, comprehensive, and life-changing inpatient alcohol and drug detox services to patients across the country for more than a decade. Over the years, our team of experienced and compassionate professionals have been avid proponents of ways to help address problems that affect millions of individual Americans and their families – and show our support for initiatives like National Prevention Week.

About National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual observance which focuses on increasing awareness about mental and substance use disorders, as well as actionable ways the public can promote change. Organized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, National Prevention Week 2019 takes place May 12 through May 18.

The theme for NPW 2019 is: “Inspiring Action. Changing Lives.”

During this week, communities, organizations, and advocates come together to hold a variety of events, activities, and educational / outreach opportunities that promote positive mental health and the importance of substance use prevention.

Learn more about National Prevention Week and ways you can get involved!

National Prevention Week 2019: Daily Themes

In addition to creating a collaborative space for promoting positivity, National Prevention Week also adopts daily themes which focus on some of the most critical mental health and substance use topics.

This year’s daily themes include:

Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

There’s no understating the scope of America’s problem with opioids. According to a Spotlight on Opioids report from the U.S. Surgeon General, more than 115 Americans, the numbers are truly staggering:

  • In 2016, more than 115 Americans were lost each day as a result of opioid overdose deaths. Preliminary numbers from 2017 suggest that number rose to over 131 opioid-related deaths.
  • Opioids have a cumulative and costly effect on communities, costing society an estimated $500+ billion in 2015 alone.
  • In October 2017, the opioid crisis was declared a national Public Health Emergency. Since then the HHS has dedicated over $2 billion in grants to fighting the problem.
  • A SAMHSA National Survey from 2017 found over 11 million Americans ages 12 and older had misused prescription painkillers (such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin) within the previous year. Over 1.7 million people had a prescription painkiller use disorder during that time. Nearly 700,000 people reported having a heroin use disorder.

Given the very elevated risks of dependency, accidental overdose, and death, advocates and health care providers stress the importance of prevention, screening, early intervention, and treatment. As an inpatient drug detox center, Novus knows just how powerful the grasp of opioids can be, and offers patients a way to find the foundation of support they need with compassionate, medically assisted opioid and opiate detox.

Learn more about opioid addiction, opiate withdrawal and detox, and how to help someone you love on our website.

Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

A large part of why SAMHSA chooses to hold National Prevention Week each year in May is because it’s near the beginning of summer, a time when adolescents, college students, and young adults most often report first using substances, including alcohol, for the first time.

Alcohol has long-been a uniquely situated substance, being widely available, heavily marketed, and socially ingrained in many American communities. However, its ability to devastate and cause far-reaching consequences to individuals and families has overshadowed its historical roots in the U.S.

Youth and young adults are particularly at risk for alcohol misuse. According to the Surgeon General:

  • The majority of Americans grappling with substance use disorders began using substances like alcohol as teens and adolescents;
  • About 1 in 5 full-time collegiate students (ages 18 to 22) report having used illicit drugs in the previous month, and more than half report having used alcohol.
  • Using alcohol during adolescence and early adult years affects development of the brain, which continues to develop until a person’s mid-20s;
  • Alcohol misuses contributes to an estimated 88,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.

In addition to focusing on the need to encourage safe drinking habits and find ways to prevent underage misuse of alcohol, this day also provides a reminder that medically assisted alcohol detox is often the most vital first step in the journey to recovery, as alcohol can have adverse and potential fatal consequences when chronic use is abruptly ceased.

Learn more about teen drinking, alcohol recovery, and alcohol detox.

Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

The use of illicit substances among adults and youth is an equally important focus for SAMHSA. As Surgeon General data shows:

  • Approximately 1 in 7 people will develop some form of substance use disorder during their lives. Just 1 in 10 people who do receive treatment;
  • The use of illicit substances has increasing consequents. In addition to tens of thousands of deaths, substance use can compromise mental and physical health, increase risks of spreading infection disease, contribute to rising health care costs, result in lost productivity (school and work), increase crime and car accidents, and ultimately degrade quality of life.
  • Roughly 75% of people ages 18 to 30 who seek treatment for substance use disorders report having started using substances at age 17 or younger.

Parents and families are encouraged to talk openly with their children about alcohol and drugs, and to be supportive in recognizing substance use disorder is a medical condition, not a moral failing. For families who believe their young loved one may have a problem, reaching out to professionals is important – the earlier treatment begins, the better outcomes are likely to be.

SAMHA provides a wealth of information and resources targeting adolescents, young adults, parents, and child care providers. Our website also offers information about drug detox and substance use.

Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Views on tobacco have changed drastically in the past several decades, but it continues to plague Americans by contributing to a range of health problems and untimely deaths. Tobacco is also a global epidemic among young people:

  • Despite a plethora of scientific studies regarding the adverse health impact of cigarettes, about 1.4 million adolescents try cigarettes in a given year.
  • On an average June or July day, over 5,000 youth smoked cigarettes for their first time. The average in other months ranged from 3,000 to 4,000. Use of cigarettes, e-cigs, and inhalants among college students also peaks during this time.
  • Tobacco use / smoking damages nearly every organ in the body, and often leads to lung cancer, various respiratory disorders, stroke and heart disease, and other health consequences.

Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide

Suicide prevention is very much a part of SAMSHA’s efforts to build awareness about mental health and people struggling with various issues, including substance use disorders used as a form of self-medication. On the final day of its week-long observance, National Health Week focuses on the most tragic of consequences caused by alcohol and substance misuse, a lack of resources, and a lack of overall support.

Learn about SAMHSA’s suicide prevention efforts, its partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and ways to help someone you love. You can also find information about drug or alcohol intervention and helping someone with addiction on our website.

Inpatient Drug & Alcohol Detox in Florida

Novus is proud to spread the word about National Prevention Week 2019, and encourages you to learn more about topics pertinent in your life, ways to get involved, and how you can spread the word yourself. During and long after National Prevention Week ends, our team at Novus will continue to remain readily available to individuals and families nationwide who want to learn more about starting their journeys toward a better life with our help.

Learn about our detox programs, the Novus Difference, and how we can help you by contacting us.

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