April 2018

Alcohol Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention

Drug Take-Back Day

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Companion Benefit Alternatives (CBA) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) encourage you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking. Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction.

Helping Kids Understand How Alcohol Can Impact Their Lives
NCADD urges parents to take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs. Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.

Parents, talk to your children. If you drink, remember to set an ongoing healthy example for alcohol use. It can be daunting to talk to your children about drinking and drug use, but it is well worth the effort. Research shows that kids who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.  

If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member, help is available. NCADD helps individuals and families deal with alcohol-related problems. It can connect you with a trained professional. 
Alcoholism is a treatable disease. It is not a moral weakness. People can and do recover. Millions of individuals and family members are living lives in long-term recovery.

Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business

The facts are grim: one American dies by suicide every 12 minutes. Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention. We can all help prevent suicide by knowing the risk factors and warning signs. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018. Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Drop-off sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Visit for more information.
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