October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Substance abuse prevention and education can make a major impact on our communities. Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription medications significantly affects the health and well-being of people of all ages. Recently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported the following statistics about substance abuse in America:

• Approximately 23 million Americans are current illicit drug users.
• Nearly 18 million people 12 or older are classified with alcohol dependence or substance abuse.
• Alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 79,000 deaths per year.
• Marijuana use and non-medical use of prescription medications are the most common types of drug use in America.
• 6 million Americans report using prescription drugs for non medical purposes.

Fairbanks offers educational programs for adults and adolescent exhibiting signs of substance abuse. PRIME for Life is an evidence-based education program for individuals with high-risk behaviors associated with drugs and/or alcohol. The Marijuana Education program teaches participants about research-based information regarding the impact of marijuana on personal health, workplace safety, academic performance, driving under the influence and social behavior. Both programs will provide insight regarding each participant’s relationship with marijuana or alcohol and increase their knowledge and understanding about the consequences of their drug use.

PRIME for Life and Marijuana Education classes are offered at the Fairbanks offices in Indianapolis, Kokomo and Plainfield. Learn more about these educational programs.