October is National Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The Juvenile Justice Council of Iroquois County partners year-round with parents, schools, businesses, and community organizations to prevent underage substance use. This work is extremely important for area families of today and tomorrow.
“Preventing substance use during adolescence has been shown to significantly reduce the chance of developing a substance use disorder later in life. For every dollar we spend today on effective school-based prevention programs, we save $18 in the future by avoiding potential medical costs and boosting productivity on the job. Prevention programs also make young people less likely to one day have children who use substances, highlighting the far-reaching value these efforts have across generations.” – Proclamation from The White House