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Inspiring Action. Changing Lives. It’s National Prevention Week.

National Prevention Week is an annual observance that brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together through local events, observed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). We know that preventing substance use and mental disorders is possible – National Prevention Week helps others know it, too!

National Prevention Week 2019 will take place from May 12 to 18. It is held each year during the third week of May, near the start of summer. Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use can occur. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages.

This year’s NPW theme – “Inspiring Action. Changing Lives.” – reminds us that we can all inspire positive change through the year. Every day and everywhere, whether we make healthy choices for ourselves or inspire others to do so, the small actions we take can change lives for the better.

NPW will address these topics:

  • Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse (Monday, May 13)
  • Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse (Tuesday, May 14)
  • Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use (Wednesday, May 15)
  • Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (Thursday, May 16)
  • Preventing Suicide (Friday, May 17)

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