In October, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is observing Youth Substance Use Prevention Month.
The need for prevention has never been greater. Studies show that the earlier in life a young person starts using alcohol or other drugs, the greater their lifetime risk of misuse or addiction.1,2
- In 2021, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose.3
- According to SAMHSA’s 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 8.2 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 drank alcohol in the past month, and 13.8 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 used illicit drugs in the past year.4
Check out more prevention resources from SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/blog/youth-substance-use-prevention-month?utm_source=SAMHSA&utm_campaign=619daae1d0-SAMHSA_Blog_2022_10_04_1601659&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ee1c4b138c-619daae1d0-169228378