National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.
This observance focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.
Underage drinking, the non-medical use of prescription drugs, and illicit drug use have the potential to negatively impact families and local communities. According to statistics, the most commonly abused drug among Illinois youth is alcohol, with marijuana second, and tobacco third.
There are substance abuse prevention strategies that have been demonstrated to work with youth. According to Prevention First, such evidence-based programs and practices can be essential tools to reduce substance use and help people lead healthier lives.