The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD) recently announced plans for National Prevention Week an annual awareness campaign held each year near the start of summer.

Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities.

National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July,) and the timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.

During National Prevention Week, community organizations across the country hosted health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, and outdoor events.  Read more…

To learn more about NCADD Sacramento’s Prevention programs visit our Prevention webpage.