Substance abuse is the number one health problem for teens in America. In an effort to educate young adults and their parents, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is encouraging a “National Prevention Week.”
From May 20th to the 26th communities across the state will host activities for teens and provide information for parents and educators regarding the dangers, effects, and costs of drug and alcohol abuse to our communities and families.
North Carolina has chosen to center its messages on the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign messages of “Above the Influence.” These messages are designed to inspire teens to make better decisions regarding drugs and alcohol.
The five themed days are part of a statewide effort to provide a cohesive and consistent message for North Carolina’s youth. Each day will focus on a particular topic and spur creative activities and thinking.
- May 21: Prevention of Underage Drinking
- May 22: Prevention of Prescription and Illicit Drug Use
- May 23: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
- May 24: Suicide Prevention
- May 25: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being
Look for more details coming soon and the chance to order free planning kits for youth activities in your community. Opportunities for free media, event photo sharing and community involved youth will be posted on Facebook, through list serves and here at www.PreventionIsTheAnswer.org