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Publication Date: May 08, 2019

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:
  • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs;
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and
  • Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.


The 2019 daily themes are:
  • Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
  • Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
  • Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
  • Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use
  • Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide
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Watch a video of Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use kick off NPW by discussing the power of prevention!

SAMHSA's National Prevention Week 2019 Kick-Off