Info: Preventing Substance Misuse

Oct. 28:  The US Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) recently declared October to be National Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Month.   SAMHSA invites young people to complete their Substance Use Prevention Quiz.  Families are also encouraged to check out the SAMHSA National Helpline as a resource.  The Centers for Disease Control has published a useful list of risk factors as well as protective factors to help families prevent high-risk substance use.

Finally, Oct. 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The Hatfield Police Department and many surrounding communities have permanent drop boxes in place where families can safely dispose of expired or unused medications for ourselves and / or for our pets.  Note that liquid, IV, and chemotherapy medications cannot be accepted.