Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives. Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur. Through community-based efforts, like the Prevention WINS coalition, involving youth, parents, educators, and government officers, we can strengthen the support systems that deter young people from drug consumption and improve both academic performance and workforce readiness. Each dollar invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.
Part of Substance Abuse Prevention Month, October 18 is the first annual "Above the Influence Day". Youth groups around the country will conduct substance abuse prevention awareness activities.