By: Shannon Persad
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October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Throughout the year, there are several months of observations that bring substance abuse awareness, including October, which marks National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, created in 2012.
Many families and individuals have suffered at the hands of substance abuse, which is why prevention is essential to fighting the stigma.
How to Participate During National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
The primary goal of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is spreading awareness and knowing the dangers of drug abuse.
Locally, workshops may be provided near you, or online webinars dedicated to fighting substance abuse.
Substance abuse prevention is a community effort, where volunteer opportunities occur.
Prevention efforts also target adolescents and young adults, as it’s better to educate those in danger of substance abuse when they are young before any harm is done.
According to Youth.gov, in light of National Substance Abuse Awareness Month:
“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. Through community-based efforts involving youth, parents, educators, and government officers, we can strengthen the support systems that deter our Nation’s young people from drug consumption and improve both academic performance and workforce readiness.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 399,000 people have died from drug overdoses from 1999 to 2017.
It’s why fighting the stigma on substance abuse will be an on-going effort. This month, October is an excellent opportunity to be involved in preventative measures, changing the lives of others.
If you or someone you know needs help fighting their addiction, seek professional help.