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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM) provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. The 2019 theme is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” AAM presents an opportunity to help decrease stigma and misunderstanding about addiction in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus make access to care more readily available to those who suffer from this disease. If you’re planning an AAM event, download the Organizer’s Guide from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), which founded and sponsors this observance.

Additionally, SAMHSA’s Communities Talk initiative is especially relevant during AAM due to its focus on preventing underage drinking. Learn how this initiative has contributed to national progress in reducing underage drinking rates in SAMHSA’s recent blog post from Luiz Vasquez, LICSW, Acting Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Get resources to talk with kids about alcohol and drugs

Spring is here and with that comes spring break, school dances, and more. Download free resources from the Talk. They Hear You. campaign—such as fact sheets, brochures, and public service announcements—that encourage parents and caregivers to have conversations with their children about alcohol and other drugs at www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking. You can also use these resources for your Communities Talk events and activities that parents might attend. Send them home with some useful information!

Watch NIDA’s New Video on Teen Brain Development

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) newest video on teen brain development explores the intriguing similarities between the processes of brain development and computer programming. The video helps viewers understand why toxic environmental factors like bullying, drugs, or lack of sleep can have such a long-lasting impact on a teenager’s life. The video can also be used to empower your children or students with information they need to make better decisions. Check out NIDA TV for even more NIDA videos on public education, research, and resources on drug and alcohol use and prevention.

Watch the latest NPW webinar on e-cigarettes

View the latest NPW archived webinar, " Multi-Level Prevention Strategies to Address Teen E-Cigarette Use," to learn more about challenges in youth e-cigarette prevention, evidence-based tools and resources, recent data trends, and strategies for curbing e-cigarette use among youth. Viewers will hear from dynamic presenters from different disciplines, representing the many levels at which prevention efforts are required. To watch archives of other NPW webinars, download webinar slides, and learn about upcoming webinars in the NPW 2019 webinar series, visit the NPW webinars page.