Every October, BCPS celebrates National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This observance highlights the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health, while remembering those who have lost their lives to substance abuse. We encourage everyone to utilize substance abuse curriculum and observance activities this month and all year long to ensure the health of our youth.
Why do we recognize National Substance Abuse Prevention Month? Youth.gov states:
- Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
- Young Americans aged 12 to 20 account for 11 percent of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption.
- Approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in 2010.2
- This abuse touches all aspects of our communities and contributes to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health, and lost productivity costs.3
How can we improve these number and our nations well-being? Prevention! Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives. Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur. Each dollar invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.3 Learn more about the many substance abuse prevention research, programs and tools now!