Donatucci’s National Prevention Week measure approved by Pa. House

HARRISBURG, May 18 – The week of May 15 through 21, 2016 in Pennsylvania is National Prevention Week, thanks to a resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and recently adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“The goal of National Prevention Week is to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues, especially among students this time of year,” Donatucci said. “The spring and summer seasons provide so many exciting activities, such as prom, graduation parties and weddings. While many young people will celebrate responsibly, these events still serve as a breeding ground for dangerous behaviors, like substance use and abuse. That’s why we want to ensure students understand how to make responsible decisions while still enjoying these milestones.”

Donatucci’s H.R. 885 noted National Prevention Week is sponsored annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This year’s theme is “Strong as One. Stronger Together.”

Each day during the week is designated a specific theme, including the prevention of tobacco use, underage drinking and alcohol misuse, prescription and opioid drug misuse, illicit drug use and youth marijuana use, and suicide; and the promotion of mental health and wellness.

Participating community organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns and outdoor events.