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[blockquote quote="“In the United States, no child's dreams should be out of reach because the necessary encouragement and care were not accessible. As a Nation, as community members, and as American citizens, we have an obligation to help cultivate a society free from substance abuse. This month, let us resolve to model a healthy lifestyle for those around us, talk openly with our youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol use, and reach for a future where opportunity knows no bounds.” —President Obama"]Communities take many shapes: neighborhoods, schools and colleges, cities and towns, churches and other places of worship, workplaces, families, and peer groups. Throughout October, we called on these communities to get involved in National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). This national observance calls attention to the essential role substance use prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.The theme for this year’s observance is Prevent. Achieve. Succeed. We know that substance use can stand in the way of academic achievement and success. In addition, poor grades and disinterest in school increase the chances that a teen will use harmful substances.
For the last 25 years, communities and individuals across the country have joined together in September to observe SAMHSA's National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This observance has provided an opportunity to celebrate the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from a mental and/or substance use disorder. Over the last quarter-century, community Recovery Month events across the country have brought people together to share real life experiences about the power of recovery.
We would like to take a moment to talk about the people behind these data.
Lemonade by the pool, the smell of fresh cut grass, relaxing with friends and family. Summer means all these things, but, unfortunately, it can also mean a time of increased risk for youth. In June and July, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks.1 Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink.SAMHSA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are working together this month to make parents and caregivers aware of these summertime risks. To encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their children about alcohol and give them the tools they need to have this conversation, SAMHSA launched “Talk.