On September 30, President Biden issued a proclamation recognizing October 2022 as National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. This is a time to connect others to evidence-based prevention resources, thank those who work on the front lines to prevent youth substance use, and renew our commitment to building a healthier and more supportive country.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) supports a variety of projects to prevent youth substance use, including:
- California Youth Opioid Response, which works with local communities, service providers, and other stakeholders to prevent and reduce opioid and stimulant misuse among youth.
- Elevate Youth CA, a prevention program that invests in youth empowerment and development for youth of color, tribal youth, and LGBTQIA+ youth across the state.
- The California Friday Night Live Program, which aims to engage youth as active leaders and resources in their community and build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has several evidence-based prevention resources available for individuals and organizations:
- “Talk. They Hear You.” is a mobile app to help parents and caregivers talk with their children early on about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.
- Communities Talk helps you plan or find a local event to prevent underage substance use.
- Tips for Teens and Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts provide facts and help dispel myths.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline provides referrals to local treatment, support groups, and resources.