National Prevention Week is May 17th to the 23rd. Join activities in [INSERT COMMUNITY] that help change lives by visiting www.samhsa.gov. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and [INSERT ORGANIZATION].
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National Prevention Week is May 17th to the 23rd, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and [INSERT ORGANIZATION]. Learn more at www.samhsa.gov.
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Don’t forget, this week is National Prevention Week. Live healthy and help others do the same. Learn more at www.samhsa.gov.
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In 2013, nearly a quarter of people aged 12 to 20 (8.7 million, or 22.7 percent of this age group) reported drinking alcohol in the past month.1 The consequences of underage drinking can be calamitous; each year, more than 4,300 people under age 21 die from homicides, suicides, car crashes, and drowning related to drinking alcohol.2
Media campaigns are one effective way of counteracting advertising and messages in entertainment media that glorify underage drinking. However, kids also deserve to hear positive messages from people they know and who care about them. Talking to youth about substance use and abuse and being involved in their lives can make a difference. For example, the frequency of binge drinking, illicit drug use, and cigarette smoking is lower among youth aged 12-17 whose parents always or sometimes engage in monitoring behaviors, like helping with homework, compared to youth whose parents seldom or never engage in such behaviors.3
The words and actions of one person can make a positive difference in the lives of others. Every day, parents, caregivers, educators, and community leaders in [INSERT COMMUNITY] can make a difference by having conversations with youth about substance use and by modeling healthy choices and behaviors. [INSERT LOCAL STATISTIC, E.G., NUMBER OF LOCAL YOUTH DRINKING UNDERAGE AND/OR ADMITTED TO TREATMENT FACILITIES, NUMBER OF INJURIES/DEATHS RESULTING FROM UNDERAGE DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS].
As individuals and as a community, we can help prevent underage drinking by being involved in young people’s lives; identifying resources, support systems, and alternatives for youth in the community; and raising awareness about the importance of prevention.
On [INSERT DATE], [INSERT ORGANIZATION]will host a health fair at [INSERT LOCATION] at [INSERT TIME] as part of National Prevention Week—a national observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The health fair will embrace the National Prevention Week 2015 theme, The Voice of One, the Power of All. This event will bring teens and their caregivers together along with [COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP, EDUCATORS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT SPECIALISTS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL RECREATIONAL CENTERS, INTRAMURAL SPORTS LEAGUES, YOUTH GROUPS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS]to spark conversation about underage drinking and support healthy decision-making among youth.
This event is a great opportunity for members of [INSERT COMMUNITY] to raise awareness about this important issue, emphasize healthy choices, and encourage each other to make a meaningful difference in our own lives, our children’s lives, and our community. Each of us has the power to make a difference in reducing underage drinking. Together, we can achieve even more.