New Awareness Campaign Coming Soon!
In the United States an estimated 18 million people ages 12 and older misused prescription drugs within the last year. It is most common among young adults, ages 18 - 25, however kids in middle and high schools and high school are misusing medications as well.

When a person misuses medications they are more at risk of encountering counterfeit pills because they often get them from unreliable sources. If a person gets pills from a friend, co-worker or on social media, they don't know where that person got it. Unless you pick it up from a pharmacy, you can't be sure it's safe. Counterfeit prescription drugs are in all 50 states and have killed people in 42. Xanax, Oxycodone and Adderall are drugs that are commonly counterfeited.

In a few months, The Connecticut Prevention Network, which is comprised of 5 Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations (including The Hub!) and other prevention partners, will be launching an awareness campaign to educate youth, young adults and their parents about the dangers of counterfeit drugs. Stay tuned!
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools: Improving the School Experiences of LGBTQ+ Students

Barriers in Mental Health Services for Trans, Queer and Non-binary Latinx Communities

Opportunities to Voice Your Opinion
Show Your Support for Recovery Funding

For the first time in our country's history, there is a powerful recommendation for a 10% Recovery Support Set-Aside in the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) for 2022.

This funding stream would prioritize recovery support programs and recovery community organizations that provide community-level resources for people with substance use disorder beyond primary prevention and clinical treatment.

You can share your opinion with the Governor and Single State Agency (SSA) to show your support for the millions of Americans in and seeking recovery. Send a pre-written letter now.
JUUL created the youth vaping epidemic by targeting teens with kid-friendly flavors, young-looking influencers, and social-media marketing. The CDC’s latest data shows that almost 40% of the 3.6 million teens who vape choose menthol flavor, and largely JUUL.

Any day, the FDA is likely to approve a menthol JUUL, which has been allowed to remain on the market without full regulation. Menthol is not only preferred by nearly 40% of youth who vape, but it also makes it easier to get addicted and harder to quit. If we're going to protect kids from flavored e-cigarettes, menthol is no exception.

You can make your voice heard by sending a letter to the FDA. Visit the PAVe website now.
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