October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

The Office Of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is reminding everyone that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential

Presidential Proclamation

Every day, millions of American families, friends, teachers, and community organizations work to ensure children have access to the support and resources needed to help prevent substance abuse. As we mark National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, we come together to acknowledge the role every person can play in preventing substance abuse and recommit to fostering a culture where all our people can live up to their fullest potential. Read full proclamation

Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

The tradition continues in 2015 as parents, youth, schools, and community leaders across the country join this month-long observance of the role substance use prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.

NCADD and ONDCP throughout the month of October in celebrating this year's Substance Abuse Prevention Month theme: "Unleashing the Collective Power of Communities."

Fact is that when community partners work together, they are a powerful force in creating positive and healthy environments. ONDCP is seeking all voices, including those of young people, to create meaningful change. "This year, let us focus our efforts on engaging parents, youth, communities, and schools," noted ONDCP Director Michael P. Botticelli.

Every day, far too many Americans are hurt by alcohol and drug use. From diminished achievement in our schools to greater risks in our roads and in our communities, to the heartache of lives cut tragically short, the consequences of substance abuse are profound. Yet, we also know that they are preventable.

Preventing drug use before it begins—particularly among young people—is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences. The best approach to reducing the tremendous toll substance abuse exacts from individuals, families and communities is to prevent the damage before it occurs.

The President's Drug Control Strategy promotes the expansion of national and community-based programs that reach young people in schools, on college campuses, and in the workplace with tailored information to help them make healthy decisions about their future. In fact, recent research has concluded that every dollar invested in school-based substance use prevention programs has the potential to save up to $18 in costs related to substance use disorders.

This month all of us pay tribute to all those working to prevent substance use in our communities and rededicate ourselves to building a safer, drug-free America.



Mentioned in the Media

CBS News
New heroin response strategy will span 15 states
The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on Monday announced it's spending $2.5 million to launch the Heroin Response Strategy, a partnership between federal, government and local forces that the White House and other lawmakers call unprecedented. The funds will be used for five regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) covering 15 states. Read more from CBS News.

Seattle Weekly
The Spike: What Lies Behind the New Heroin Epidemic?

An Aug. 11 article in the Seattle Weekly by  Casey Jaywork takes a close and personal glimpse of the rise in heroin use - and what's driving it.

Tacoma News Tribune/AP
Washington officials warn about
marijuana exposure to kids
Calls to the Washington Poison Control Center for children eating marijuana edibles increased 33 percent between the first half of 2014 and 2015, center officials report. While the increase may be attributable to greater awareness of the center's hotline, public health officials remain troubled by the increase and urge that all marijuana edibles be kept locked and out of the reach of kids. Read the full article in the July 15 Tacoma News Tribune.

Office of National Drug Control Policy