A Proclamation on National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month
On September 30th, 2022, President Biden signed a proclamation recognizing October 2022 as being National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. This proclamation helps bring even more awareness to the topic of substance use prevention among youth, and also shows that the federal government is focused on using evidence-based practices to prevent the nation's youth from engaging in risky activities like drinking alcohol, vaping, and using counterfeit pills. Here are a couple of highlights from the proclamation. A link to the full proclamation can be found below.
"During National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month, we rededicate ourselves to transforming the lives of America’s youth through prevention. We commit to building and supporting communities where young Americans can live healthy and fulfilling lives, free from the dangers of substance use, laying the groundwork for strong future generations.
... Preventing substance use during adolescence has been shown to significantly reduce the chance of developing a substance use disorder later in life. For every dollar we spend today on effective school-based prevention programs, we save $18 in the future by avoiding potential medical costs and boosting productivity on the job. Prevention programs also make young people less likely to one day have children who use substances, highlighting the far-reaching value these efforts have across generations."
Full Proclamation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/09/30/a-proclamation-on-national-youth-substance-use-prevention-month-2022/