October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month


An observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in individual and community health and to remember those who lost their lives to substance abuse. The Office of National Drug Control Policy encourages prevention efforts this month and all year long to ensure the health of teens and young adults.*

Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives. Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur.
Through community-based efforts involving youth, parents, educators, and government officers, we can strengthen the support systems that deter our Nation’s young people from drug consumption and improve both academic performance and workforce readiness.*