Happy Prevention Month! This October, we join President Obama and Director
Kerlikowske in recognizing the importance of substance use prevention and
celebrate the efforts of our partners working in their communities to prevent
drug abuse before it starts. Feel free to share the President’s Proclamation recognizing
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and celebrating our commitment to the
well-being of all Americans.
Preventing drug use is cost-effective and makes
sense. Every dollar invested in research-based prevention programs saves up to
ten dollars in costs related to treatment for substance use disorders. With
this in mind, prevention is a foundational pillar of the National
Drug Control Strategy and one of
this Administration’s key policy priorities. Driven by a growing body of
research, our approach to prevention entails a systems-wide approach that
relies on evidence-based practices and policies, is youth-focused, and covers a
range of domains in young people’s lives, such as schools, faith-based
programs, and extracurricular activities.
Please find ONDCP’s newsletter featuring some of the
great work being done to help young people avoid drug use. Throughout the
month, stay tuned to our website
for Prevention month activities, resources, and celebrations of Red
Ribbon Week and NIDA
DrugFacts Week! As always, please feel free to read and share the
information below, as well as provide us with any feedback about
topics of interest to you or how we can further improve our public engagement.
Also, please remember
that on Saturday, October 29th the Drug Enforcement Administration and its
partners will hold their third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
at sites nationwide. This is a great opportunity to encourage safe and
environmentally responsible disposal of prescription drugs by ridding homes of
potentially dangerous expired or unwanted prescription drugs.
Y our nearby collection site is at the Law Enforcment Center north of Willmar.
Bring any unwanted/unused prescription medication or over-the-counter meds. Needles not accepted.
|Visit our new website at www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/Drug-Free-Communities-Support-Program.
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