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.
National Prevention Week 2021: Prevention Happens Anywhere and Everywhere
Substance misuse prevention happens in many places, spaces, and communities. SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW), set for May 9 through 15, is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. Find ideas, tools, and other resources for participating on the NPW website.
NEW! College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives Discussion Guides for College Communities
Two new discussion guides for the College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series are now available. The guides can help drive important conversations about prevention on (and off) campus.
- The "Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University" discussion guide provides insights on how to build college and community partnerships and encourages viewers to brainstorm ideas for tailoring these strategies to suit the needs of their own communities.
- The guide for the "Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking" highlights how historically Black colleges and universities as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture—can approach underage drinking prevention.
NEW! Tips and Tools for Hosting a Virtual Activity
Connecting to your community with substance misuse prevention messages may be challenging in a socially distant environment. There are many ways to keep prevention alive and community engagement strong. SAMHSA’s new Tips and Tools for Hosting a Virtual Activity offers creative and innovative ways to host a Communities Talk activity or other substance misuse prevention activity to bring people together.
Spread the Word: April Is Alcohol Awareness Month
Spread the word about underage drinking prevention during Alcohol Awareness Month! This observance provides an opportunity to focus on the prevention of underage drinking and young adult problem drinking by encouraging parents and other caregivers to discuss underage drinking and alcohol misuse with youth and young adults. SAMHSA’s "Talk. They Hear You." substance use prevention campaign has materials and products that encourage parents to start the prevention conversation.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 24, 2021. The observance aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. It also gives prevention professionals an opportunity to educate their communities about the potential for abuse of medications. For collection sites, PSAs, and results from past Take Back Days, visit the homepage. Information for law enforcement agencies, a partnership toolbox, and information about home disposal methods are available here.