October is Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month
Millions of Americans suffer from a substance use disorder, including underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications and illicit drug use. These disorders touch all aspects of our communities and contribute to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health and lost productivity costs accordinto the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people live healthier lives. Our team launched the Youth Drug Free Coalition in 2014 aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance use in Mecklenburg County. You can learn more about our efforts here. You can also take the pledge to do your part to prevent youth substance abuse in our community.