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September: National Recovery Month

September: National Recovery Month | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out, "encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.


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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, July 31, 2014 2:41 PM

Addiction is a disease, it can be treated with therapy and, in some cases, medication. People can enter recovery from addiction, just like people can enter recovery from other diseases, like cancer. Check out these tips if you or someone you know needs help on the road to recovery: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/how-help-friend-need

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August: International Overdose Awareness Day

August: International Overdose Awareness Day | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31st each year. It aims to raise awareness of overdose and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

 

Commemorating those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose, it also acknowledges the grief felt by their families and friends.


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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, July 31, 2014 1:50 PM

Shatter the myths about drug abuse and addiction with science. http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/booklet.php

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June: Marijuana Use and Abuse Awareness Month

June: Marijuana Use and Abuse Awareness Month | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

Did you know that teen marijuana use has dropped dramatically since the late 1990s? So…if you were thinking everyone smokes marijuana, they don’t. Statistics show that about 15 percent, or roughly 1 in 7 teens, report using marijuana in the past month. Still, this rate is up from a few years ago, perhaps because fewer teens consider marijuana to be a harmful drug. 

 

 


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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, July 31, 2014 1:36 PM

Do you have all the facts? Visit http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana for more information about marijuana and how effects the body.

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April: Alcohol Awareness Month

April: Alcohol Awareness Month | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD highlights the important public health issue of underage drinking, a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.


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Friends can influence your opinion about music, fashion—and alcohol. Check out the NIDA for Teens blog for strategies to stay true to yourself and avoid peer pressure: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/alcohol-friend-factor-updated.

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February: Children of Alcoholics Week

February: Children of Alcoholics Week | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

Children of Alcoholics Week celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of children (of all ages) who have received the help they needed to recover from the pain and losses suffered in their childhood, and it offers hope to those still suffering from the adverse impact of parental alcohol and drug addiction through educational programs, proclamations by mayors and governors, poster contests in schools, and radio, television and print media. 


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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, June 26, 2014 12:26 PM

Visit http://easyread.drugabuse.gov/alcohol-facts.php for more information on how alcohol effects the brain and your health. 

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November: Great American Smokeout

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The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

 

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.


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All tobacco products—cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco—can be addictive. Learn how tobacco and nicotine affect your body: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/tobacco

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October: College Alcohol Awareness Week

October: College Alcohol Awareness Week | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

Held each year during the third week of October, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week aims to bring attention to the serious public health issues posed by excessive drinking among college student during a part of the academic calendar that is marked by football games, homecoming weekends, and other large celebrations on many campuses. 


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Alcohol can not only change your mood and behavior, but it can also impact the development of your brain! http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/real-teens-ask-got-alcohol-brain

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October: Red Ribbon Week

October: Red Ribbon Week | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Wear a Red Ribbons as a symbol of your commitment to raise awareness of the problems drugs and addiction cause.

 

Plan a Red Ribbon celebration by ordering Red Ribbon materials with the National Red Ribbon Theme. Proceeds
from the sale of Red Ribbon theme merchandise helps support prevention programs across America.

 


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Looking for even more ways to show your support and shatter the myths behind drug abuse and addiction? Start planning your event for National Drug Facts Week: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/index.php

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July: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

July: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

Prescription drug abuse among teens is a significant problem affecting communities nationwide. Results from NIDA’s 2012 Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use showed a number of worrying issues:

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs remains high, while teens’ perception of the risk of such abuse is low.14.8% of high school seniors used a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons or one that was not prescribed for them in the past year.After alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders in the past year, with Adderall and Vicodin being the most commonly abused prescription drugs.


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Learn more about how prescription drug abuse affects your body with these interactive videos: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/peerx/choose-your-path

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May: National Prevention Week

May: National Prevention Week | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2015 will take place May 17-23, 2015.

 

Explore the National Prevention Week website to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the “I Choose” Project.


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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, July 31, 2014 11:57 AM

Have questions about drug abuse and addiction? We've got answers. NIDA scientists answer questions about addiction from teens like you in the Drug Facts Chat FAQ: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/chat/chatfaqs_topics/addiction.php.

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March: Kick Butts Day

March: Kick Butts Day | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

While Kick Butts Day is officially held on one day each year, our hope is that every day will be Kick Butts Day in the fight against tobacco. You can use our Activities Database to organize events and take a stand against tobacco on any day of the year. By making every day Kick Butts Day, we can win the fight against tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.


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January: National Drug Facts Week

January: National Drug Facts Week | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it
National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-?based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, NIDA is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.

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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, June 26, 2014 12:18 PM

Together for Resilient Youth is proud to partner with the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the 5th annual observance of National Drug Facts Week (NDFW). How can you get involved? http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/planyourevent.php

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December: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month | substance abuse awareness calendar | Scoop.it

Since 1981, every U.S. President has proclaimed December to National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2007 National Roadside Survey, more than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs. More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs.

 

Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among young people aged 16 to 19. When teens’ relative lack of driving experience is combined with the use of marijuana or other substances that affect cognitive and motor abilities, the results can be tragic.


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Together for Resilient Youth's curator insight, July 31, 2014 2:31 PM

Check out these blog post from NIDA for Teens for the latest on perspective on drugged driving: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/category/468