CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – It was announced Wednesday that Governor Jim Justice has declared May 8-14, 2022 as National Prevention Week.
The proclamation speaks to the prevalent use of substances and illicit substances which affect communities throughout the nation, which amounts to an estimated 59.3 million Americans over the age of 11 partaking in the past year alone.
An estimated 28.3 million people ages 12 and up have been classified as having an alcohol use disorder in the past year.
“I have signed a proclamation declaring May 8-14 as National Prevention Week,” said Governor Justice in a statement.
“This week is meant to raise awareness of the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.”
The proclamation emphasizes the need for public education which promotes year-round prevention through providing ideas, capacity building, tools and resources to help communities and individuals prevent substance abuse each day.
National Prevention Week also seeks to help people gain awareness and recognition of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
The hope is that community members from all walks of life can learn how they can contribute to the building of community, strengthening of resilience, and creation of hope to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Governor Justice’s full proclamation for National Prevention Week can be seen here.