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Select SAMHSA Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking Success Stories Now Live

In 2016, 1,500 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking events were held in local communities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) selected 18 of these events to be featured in a series of Success Stories to be posted online throughout the summer. Check out the latest Success Stories that showcase innovative and creative meeting ideas from around the country.

Underage Drinking and Water Safety This Summer

Up to 70 percent of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve alcohol. The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has a fact sheet with tips for preventing risky behavior when it comes to drinking and water safety. For more resources on the prevention of underage drinking, visit NIAAA’s Rethinking Drinking website or check out their other publications.

New CDC Report on Drinking Rates Among High School Students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 1991 to 2015 and published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on current and binge drinking rates among high school students. Although binge drinking in general has declined among high school students, most high school students who do drink alcohol engage in binge drinking.

National Prevention Week Kick-off Event Webcast Archive

National Prevention Week (NPW), held from May 14 to 20, 2017, was kicked off with a lively event that featured Kana Enomoto, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA, and Frances M. Harding, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA. The event featured a live broadcast from two local communities that are working to prevent substance misuse and promote mental health. To watch the archived webcast, visit SAMHSA’s YouTube channel.