New Informational Tools
The Arkansas State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (AR-SEOW) recently posted new media resources on the Prevention Works website. Included in the resources are informational tools created through AR-SEOW that highlight substance use data. All tools are available for download from the website, or you can request free printed versions through the website or by contacting us.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The day’s goal is to address the public safety and public health issues associated with prescription drugs. Most drugs that are abused are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. To prevent such misuse by adults and children alike, the Drug Enforcement Administration gives us an opportunity to safely dispose of all unused and expired prescription drugs. To participate in this event, and to protect your loved ones from any potential drug abuse, visit the Drug Take Back Day website.
Alcohol Awareness Month
April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.” This recognition helps to create awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It also provides an opportunity to decrease the stigma associated with alcoholism, and thus address the barriers to effective treatment and recovery. To place further emphasis on this issue, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognizes these two observances:
- National Alcohol Screening Day on the first Thursday of the month. Observed on April 5, this day brings an opportunity for education, referrals and treatment to those with alcohol dependency issues. Alcohol screening is a large part of the outreach program.
- Alcohol-Free Weekend is observed on the first weekend of April (Apr 6 – Apr 8). During this weekend, NCADD encourages all Americans to enjoy three alcohol-free days.
For more information on alcohol awareness, visit the NCADD website.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Prevent Child Abuse America organization is encouraging everyone to help prevent child abuse by taking part in activities such as mentoring, advocating or donating on behalf of children. The Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund and the DHS Division of Children and Family Services encourages everyone to show their support by attending a rally at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. Learn more about child abuse prevention at the Prevent Child Abuse America website.
World Health Day
April 7 is celebrated as World Health Day. The 2018 theme is “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.” The World Health Organization (WHO) is advocating for universal coverage because it aids in enhancing health and life expectancy, helps protect countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality. For more information on World Health Day and Universal Health coverage, visit the World Health Organization website. Support this cause by using the hashtag #HealthForAll and #WorldHealthDay.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
April 28 is observed as World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) and this year’s theme is “Generation Safe and Healthy.” This year, SafeDay and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) are coming together for a joint campaign to improve the health of young workers and help end child labour. For more information, visit the International Labour Organization website.
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