“Inspiring Action, Changing Lives” is the theme of this year’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Prevention Week, May 12 to 18, dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health.

Five of the seven days during NPW have a suggested health topic that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community events:

• Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse (Monday, May 13)

• Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse (Tuesday, May 14)

• Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use (Wednesday, May 15)

• Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (Thursday, May 16)

• Preventing Suicide (Friday, May 17)

Visit either the Rockland Flanagan Center or the Penobscot Bay YMCA from May 13 to 17 to view Knox County Community Health Coalition’s National Prevention Week display. Materials will be available to anyone interested in the prevention of prescription and opioids misuse, underage alcohol and illicit drug use, and youth marijuana and tobacco use, including vaping.

For more information, visit samhsa.gov/prevention-week.