National Prevention Week 2018

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National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 13 to 19, 2018. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2018 is: Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow . National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Purpose of National Prevention Week The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to: Involve communities in raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies; Foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health; and Promote and disseminate quality behavioral health...
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October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

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  Join Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in recognizing National Substance Abuse Prevention Month (NSAPM.) NSAPM is an annual observance focused on raising the public awareness and encouraging communities to take action and get involved to prevent substance use. Each year families, communities, and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and the importance of investing in prevention first. This year’s theme is the “Power of Investing in Prevention" . We encourage communities to join together to ensure evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices are implemented at the local level. As part of prevention month, we encourage coalitions and providers to host community health events and partner with their local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) during DEA's Take Back Day on October 28, 2017. Take Back Day is an opportunity...
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National Prevention Week 2918. May 13 to 19, 2018

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National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 13 to 19, 2018. 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 and full-time college students 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 and NSDUH data on full-time college students. 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...
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Heroin Hearse Brings Addiction Awareness to County

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The Heroin Hearse treks across interstates from its home-base in Huntington, West Virginia into eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, delivering a fiercely frank message on the tailgate: “Heroin Kills, is this your last ride?” In May 2016, a 6-year-old boy strapped inside a hot vehicle, his father passed out from an overdose, compelled Dwayne Woods to act. “I’ll never forget that child (Kenny) as his arms wrapped around my neck and his tears running down my back,” Woods said. “We’re advocates for children, we’re getting the word out.” He saved the child and today the Heroin Hearse, owned by Woods, roams the streets, collecting teddy bears to give to children in a new “Bears for Kenny” project. Last February, he bought a 1988 Buick hearse with the intent of cutting off the top and hauling motorcycles in it – then he heard a reports of drug overdoses. With his partner,...
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Help Celebrate National Prevention Week

Help Celebrate National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week will be from May 14 to 20, 2017. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2017 is: Making Each Day Count . National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. There are three primary goals of National Prevention Week: To involve communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues and in implementing prevention strategies To foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health To promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications Why Does National Prevention Week occur in May? National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May, near the start of summer. Summer...
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