What is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month?
In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National
Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This tradition will continue in 2013, as parents, youth, schools,
businesses, and community leaders across the country join in this month long observance of the role that
substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.
Why Do We Recognize National Substance Abuse Prevention Month?
Every day, far too many Americans are hurt by alcohol and drug abuse. From diminished achievement in our schools, to greater risks on our roads and in our communities, to the heartache of lives cut tragically short, the consequences of substance abuse are profound. Yet, we also know that they are preventable. This month, we pay tribute to all those working to prevent substance abuse in our communities, and rededicate ourselves to building a safer, drug-free American.