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National Prevention Week raising awareness, mental and substance use disorders

Kids across the country will soon be out of school, which could mean more free time for fun, games and trouble.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has kicked off National Prevention Week, dedicated to increasing public awareness and actions around mental and/or substance use disorders.

Each day has a specific theme, such as “preventing illicit drug use and youth marijuana use,” to test your knowledge and provide additional guides about substance and mental abuse.

Organizations across the country are providing support for families in need of help including Community Connections in Princeton.

“This week gets people to rally behind more prevention efforts in their area,” said Kelsey Gilbert, Program Director for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in Mercer County. “The different daily themes bring more light to different types of prevention efforts. SAMSHA’s research determined lots of kids try substances during June and July, so that’s during the summer break.”

National Prevention Week takes place from May 12 until May 18.

For more information about National Prevention Week, contact Community Connections on their Facebook page. 


Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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