This week has been Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.  Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is a yearly observance organized by NIDA in partnership with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

During NDAFW, young people across the country connect with scientists and other experts to get the facts about drugs and alcohol that can help them make better choices about their health.  We know that so many young people in the Greater Manchester region are making healthy choices every day. It is so important to normalize not using substances and celebrate youth that prioritize their health! 

There is a current concern regarding methamphetamine use in New Hampshire. Check out our detailed blog with Jon Delena from the DEA about the dangerous trends in methamphetamine.  

Regardless of the type of substance prevention is key.  One of the most important preventive factors in the lives of youth is a caring adult. Caregivers may not always feel the youth in their lives value what they have to say but YOU are still important to that child as are other supportive adults. This #DrugAndAlcoholFactsWeek take a moment to chat with your children about substance use and substance use disorders for tips on how to do this visit https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources/why-you-should-talk-your-child.  

If you are concerned that someone in your life may have a substance use or mental health issue.  Do not hesitate to reach out for help and support. Some supports include:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline-1-800-273-TALK
  • Substance Misuse Issues-211
  • Crisis Text Line Text Hello to 741741
  • Northern New England Poison Center-1-800-222-1222

Something everyone can help with is supporting safe-use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs.  Prescription Take Back Day is right around the corner on April 24, 2021 – 10 AM to 2 PM.  To learn more and to find a location to drop off your unused or unwanted prescriptions visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ .

We all play a role in prevention, treatment, and recovery!