National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance supported by SAMHSA that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. Sunday, May 18th – Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use – Tobacco use is considered the most important preventable cause of death and disease in the US. Monday, May 19th – Underage Drinking – Alcohol use can result in short-term, long-term, and even fatal consequences for underage drinkers. Tuesday, May 20th – Marijuana Use – Marijuana is not a harmless recreational substance. The marijuana of today is nothing like the marijuana of the 1960’s, 70’s, or, even the ‘80’s. Tuesday, May 20th – Prescription Drug Abuse – Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a prescription drug that was prescribed for someone else or in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed. Wednesday, May 21th – Alcohol Abuse – Excessive alcohol use can cause serious problems and, for some, may lead to dependence. Thursday, May 22nd – Suicide Prevention – The loss of someone to suicide resonates among family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community. Friday, May 23rd – Mental Health – Encourage, listen and recognize that mental illness needs knowledge, support and attention for everyone involved to aid recovery.