In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The tradition will continue in 2013, as parents, youth, schools, businesses, and community leaders across the country join in this month long observance of the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.
Recognizing that everyone has a role to play, the Substance Abuse Prevention Month website includes ideas for ways that community members, including youth, parents, and businesses, can promote substance abuse prevention.
Parents and organizations that work with parents are encouraged to visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse's new online toolkit for parents. The online resource, Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse, uses videos and information to highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.