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Communities Talk What’s New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

Register Now for National Prevention Week and SAMHSA’s Prevention Day!


Don’t miss SAMHSA’s Prevention Day (SPD) 2022 on May 9! This virtual event will kick off SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) activities. In this exciting interactive forum, you will:

Lean about evidence-based programs and the latest developments in the areas of mental health, as well as substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery;

Take part in engaging and informative workshops;

Enhance program skills; and

Share success stories and resources.

NPW is May 8–14 and it will be delivered virtually through an interactive online conference platform. Register now for NPW and SPD.

New Findings: Changes in Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women

For decades, data showed that boys and young men were more likely to drink than girls and young women, but that trend has reversed. Now girls and young women, ages 12 to 20, are drinking more alcohol than their male counterparts. SAMHSA’s new resource, Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women: A Worrying Trend, shares the facts on this shift in behavior to help the prevention field envision strategies to curb harmful drinking behaviors among this group.

Colleges Get Involved in the “One Pill Can Kill” Initiative

In this month’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Prevention Profiles: Take Five podcast, hear from Alfred “Chip” Cooke, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Merrillville, Indiana, District Office in the Chicago Field Division, as he talks about the importance of DEA’s “One Pill Can Kill” initiative and how colleges can get involved with Take Back Day.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC has released a new report with 2021 data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey of tobacco product use among U.S. middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students. Another new report summarizes information from nine federal data systems with indicators of children’s mental health during 2013–2019.