FHN Highlights Resources for National Prevention Week

5/13/2018

Tuesday, May 15 is the spotlight day for Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Abuse, part of National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May–near the start of summer, an important time for school, communities, and prevention professionals to re-focus on prevention!

Adolescents most often use substances for the first time during June or July, according to SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data on adolescents – 2012. The timing of National Prevention Week provides an opportunity for schools and organizations to host prevention-themed events before the school year ends, raising awareness about this important issue among students and their families. These are key periods of social transitions, a risk factor for youth substance use, and an opportunity to develop or strengthen the community, school, and family bonds that protect young people from substance use.

Educators and parents may find SAMHSA's "Tips for Teens" series of fact sheets useful in starting a conversation about some uncomfortable subjects, from alcohol use to smoking and drug use. Downloadable versions of the sheets are available at store.samhsa.gov.

The SAMHSA National Prevention Week website (samhsa.gov) also is a good resource for information on National Prevention Week topics, including:

  • Mental health & wellness
  • Underage drinking & alcohol misuse
  • Prescription and opioid drug misuse
  • Illicit drug use & youth marijuana use
  • Suicide
  • Youth tobacco use