Group Picture from the Prevention Week Kick-off Event

Pictured at the Prevention Week 2017 Kickoff Event from SAMHSA are Frances M. Harding, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Kana Enomoto, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; Angie Goff, News Anchor for NBC4 in Washington, DC; Peter Konwerski, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, The George Washington University.

The 2017 observance of Prevention Week focused on the theme, “Making Each Day Count.” The annual observance raises awareness and promotes action on substance use and mental health. In addition to a kick-off event in Washington, DC, communities around the country participated in events and educational outreach and celebrated achievements made to prevent behavioral health issues. Participants also shared their prevention efforts on social media using #PreventionPower and #NPW2017 in their posts. Each day of Prevention Week had a prevention focus, including youth tobacco use, underage drinking and alcohol misuse, prescription and opioid drug misuse, illicit drug use and youth marijuana use, suicide, and mental health and wellness.

Prevention resources on all of these topics and more can be found at SAMHSA.gov.