National Prevention Week is May 9 through 15, 2021.

Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Learn more and get involved with NPW here


Sharing is Not Caring

More than half (51.3 percent) of people aged 12 or older who misused prescription pain relievers in the past year obtained them for their last misuse from a friend or relative.


Bringing Down Binge Drinking

While the rates of new youth alcohol users have declined since 2010, more than half of underage youth and young adults who use alcohol are binge drinking.

In 2018, 60% of the people aged 12-20 who reported alcohol use in the past month were also binge alcohol users.

BINGE DRINKING: 5 or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion for males/4 or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion for females.



Exposing Marijuana's Hidden Dangers

Among people aged 12-25, frequent marijuana use is often associated with opioid misuse, heavy alcohol use, and major depressive episode.


Preventing Youth Exposure to E-Cigarettes

In 2018, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used nicotine product among high school (20.8%; 3.05 million) and middle school (4.9%; 570,000) students.

1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students were using e-cigarettes.

Nicotine exposure in adolescence can lead to addiction.


Stemming the Tide of Suicide in America

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide.

1.4 million adults ages 18 and older attempted suicide in the past year.

3.3 million adults ages 18 and older made suicide plans in the past year.

10.7 million adults thought seriously about trying to kill themselves.


Resources to prevent suicide abound, including SAMHSA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

In Northeast Indiana, find more resources at