Stand-Up Against Substance Abuse: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse. Although this is a widespread problem, many people are not aware that “substance abuse” is an umbrella term that includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use. Teens and Young adults are a huge part of this dangerous epidemic. It has been found that young Americans aged 12 to 20 account for 11% of the county’s monthly alcohol consumption, and approximately 20 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in 2010. Substance Abuse affects millions of people, including the family, friends, and coworkers of those using substances. This is why October is the second annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This campaign is an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse. Furthermore, this movement encourages prevention efforts during this month and all year long to ensure the health of teens, young adults, and all those affected. 

Prevention strategies that target the root of the problem are essential in reducing drug use and helping everyone lead healthier lives. The earlier the intervention, the more the negative consequences of addiction are reduced or prevented before they even occur. The most effective strategies are community-based efforts that involve youth, parents, educators, and government officers. With all of these people involved, we can better strengthen the support systems in each community that deter the Nation’s young population from drug consumption. These efforts will improve both academic and workplace performance. 

Aside from educational programs, the best way to support your community is to give back fiscally to those professionals who can better educate and treat those affected. It has been found that each dollar invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.

To learn more about how to help our nation’s youth and substance abuse prevention, visit: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month |

DII is your partner in substance abuse prevention. Our team of experts can work with you to understand how to help those affected and give back to those within your community. Please contact your DII representative for more information.  #SubstanceAbusePrevention #NationalMovement

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