National Prevention Week is held each year near the start of summer. Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July)1, and the timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.

Daily Health Themes

Sunday, May 18
Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use

Monday, May 19
Prevention of Underage Drinking

Tuesday, May 20
Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use

Wednesday, May 21
Prevention of Alcohol Abuse

Thursday, May 22
Prevention of Suicide

Friday, May 23
Promotion of Mental Health