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National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. Since 2012, community groups across the country have hosted town hall meetings, health fairs, fun runs, social media campaigns, and more as part of NPW.
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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
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Tips for Teens: The Truth About Opioids
Tips for Teens fact sheets provide information about the effects of short- and long-term use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants. These insightful and easy-to-read brochures provide important facts teens need to know, answer frequently asked questions, and help to dispel common myths about each of the substances covered. Click here to access all Tips for Teens fact sheets.
Cocaine is a white powder that can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected to cause a brief high. Cocaine is highly addictive and affects both the brain and body. It can increase the risk of paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis and change emotions.
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin
Heroin can be a white or dark brown powder or a black tar, and is often mixed with other substances that can make it even more dangerous. Heroin slows brain activity, heartbeat, and breathing, and is highly addictive.
This fact sheet for teens provides facts about marijuana. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of marijuana. The fact sheet helps to dispel common myths about marijuana. Access sources and references cited in this fact sheet.
Methamphetamine (meth) is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting, crystalline powder that dissolves easily in water or alcohol. It can be made from ingredients found in household products. Meth causes brain changes that affect impulse control and stress, making it harder to stop using meth. It also increases heart rate, blood pressure, and risk for stroke.
This fact sheet for teens provides facts about opioids. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of opioid use. The fact sheet helps to dispel common myths about opioids.
This fact sheet is a prevention resource written specifically for preteens and teens. It compares the myths with the facts about how common alcohol use is among youth. This fact sheet can also help you start a conversation about underage drinking and alcohol misuse.