Monthly Fast Facts

SEPTEMBER FAST FACTS


FACT #1
September is National Recovery Month: The belief that recovery is possible provides the essential and motivating message of a better future – that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers, and obstacles that confront them.  (SAMHSA)

 FACT #2
4 out of every 5 youth arrestees in state juvenile justice systems are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while committing their crimes; test positive for drugs; admit having substance abuse or addiction problems, or share some combination of these characteristics.  (CASA, 2015)

FACT #3
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and mortality in the US, and is usually initiated in adolescence. Even as early as 8th grade, 13.3% of students have tried cigarettes.  (MTF, 2015)

FACT #4
“Anyone, anytime, can experience addiction; can ask for help; can  recover, and can save a life.”  People experiencing addiction; parents, family and friends of those experiencing addiction; and health care, safety, and other system staff working with people who may be experiencing addiction are all affected by this crisis—over coming addiction is a multi prong effort which includes prevention education, intervention opportunities, treatment availability and recovery support. (drugfreenh.org)