National Prevention Week is an event organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) scheduled to occur May 13-19. The goal of this event is to increase awareness and action on substance abuse and/or mental disorders. A featured event of the week highlights “Prevention of Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse”.
The annual National Prevention Week provides communities with the opportunity to host this event in their own cities and schools. SAMHSA provides promotional materials and toolkits that offer event ideas and tips to help community event organizers.
How can I do that?
If you are an educator or community leader…
1. Go to SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week website
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Get the toolkit’ in the NPW Planning Toolkit box.
3. Download ‘Event Ideas’ to get more information on how to organize a National Prevention Week in your school or community.
4. If you have more questions, contact David Wilson, SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a student or parent of a student…
Contact your school administration to see if they would be willing to host events at your school or in your community during National Prevention Week.