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Read monthly updates on substance use prevention news and resources from federal agencies that make up the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) and other national organizations working to prevent substance use and misuse.

Celebrate the Possibilities of Prevention: Building Resilient Communities Webinar

Join SAMHSA on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET, for “Celebrate the Possibilities of Prevention: Building Resilient Communities,” an enlightening learning session co-hosted by Communities Talk to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse and the “Talk. They Hear You.”® campaign as part of National Prevention Week. This event will spotlight the remarkable efforts of our community partners, showcasing the critical work they’ve accomplished this year.

Learn about their journeys to:

  • Get informed on the challenges they’ve tackled, the innovative strategies they’ve adopted, and the successes they’ve celebrated.
  • Be prepared by arming yourself with knowledge and actionable insights.
  • Take action using the tools and resources in your own communities.

Together, we’re forging paths to prevent the initiation, progression, and harms related to substance use and to help build more resilient communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and be part of driving positive change. Register to attend.

National Prevention Week Is Here!

From May 12–18, SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week: A Celebration of Possibility (NPW) is showcasing the work of organizations across the country that are preventing substance use and misuse and promoting positive mental health in their communities. Visit samhsa.gov/prevention-week to access SAMHSA’s brand-new NPW resources, learn about promoting NPW in your community, and share your #MyPreventionStory.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

This May, SAMHSA is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by highlighting the importance of mental health at any stage in life, with different focuses each week. The week of May 5–11 will focus on resources to help children and teens build resilience, self-care strategies, and skills for managing life stressors in healthy ways. The week of May 26–31 will focus on building support for mental well-being in the LGBTQIA+ community, including LGBTQIA+ youth, to reduce their risk for depression, substance use, suicide, and other mental health challenges. Access SAMHSA’s toolkit to raise awareness and promote Mental Health Awareness Month in your communities.

Emergency Department Visits Involving Alcohol

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) released a short report on emergency department (ED) visits involving alcohol from January 2021 through September 2023. Alcohol was the most prevalent substance involved in substance-related ED visits, with twice the number of visits compared to opioids or cannabis. Among alcohol-related ED visits in individuals under 21 years old, 31 percent of visits were due to use of alcohol and at least one other substance. Find out more by reading “Short Report: Alcohol-Related ED Visits.”

Celebrate National Adolescent Health Month™ (NAHM™)

Every May, the Office of Population Affairs’ (OPA) National Adolescent Health Month™ (NAHM™) emphasizes the importance of building on young people’s strengths and potential, encouraging meaningful youth engagement in adolescent health activities, and highlighting key topics in adolescent health. This year, NAHM will focus on Take Action for Adolescents–A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being, a call to action for policy makers; health care and human service providers and organizations; youth-serving professionals and organizations; researchers; and parents, legal representatives, and caregivers to work collaboratively for change that benefits young people. Each week during NAHM, OPA will highlight two of the eight goals from Take Action for Adolescents and promote federal resources that support these goals. Visit the OPA website to get involved and prepare to use the hashtags #NationalAdolescentHealthMonth and #HealthyYouthNAHM as you plan and promote your activities!

“Prevention Profiles: Take Five” Podcast Features DEA Pharmacologist Dr. Buki Ebeigbe

The DEA’s “Prevention Profiles: Take Five” podcast invites guest experts at the federal, national, state, and local levels to shed light on recent trends and challenges in the substance misuse prevention field. On March 21, 2024, the podcast featured an interview with Dr. Buki Ebeigbe, a pharmacologist in DEA’s Diversion Control Division who collects data to schedule drugs. During the episode, Buki discusses the Controlled Substances Act and the various scheduling processes for controlled substances, some of the misperceptions people have about the scheduling process, what fueled her passion to enter this line of work with DEA and her experiences in mentoring college students, and more. Watch the video recording here.