March is Sobriety Awareness Month
"Believe in them and keep them going through time." -
Traditional value of the Unangan/Unangax̂
Thanks to Senate Bill 208 March is now Sobriety Awareness Month in Alaska.
Read more from the Alaska Legislator.
Sobriety Awareness Month serves an opportunity to celebrate healthy lifestyles, support those in recovery and those who choose not to use drugs or alcohol. Problematic substance use increases the risk for many health problems. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol are at higher risk for getting
HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis
. They may forget to use condoms because they're high on the drugs. Substance use and misuse also puts people at higher risk for injuries (for example, car crashes), violence, and overdose, to name a few. The U.S. and Alaska have seen dramatic increases in prescription opioid use as well as other opioid drug use. ANTHC wanted to do something about it. Read on to learn more!