Prevention is a common buzz word in the medical realm today. The concept of preventing a medical condition in effort to increase quality of life and reduce medical cost is now the growing norm. In effort to cultivate the same norm regarding the issue of substance abuse, professionals, community coalitions, and schools are participating in substance use prevention initiatives. They understand the importance of prevention efforts beginning in adolescence and that we as parents, professionals, and community members have the responsibility of taking this prevention message to them.
Family Day began in 2001 as a result of research done by CASA Columbia showing that regular parental involvement is a critical component of preventing adolescent substance use. Serving as Honorary Chair of Family Day, First Lady Ann McCrory partnered with the NC Parent Resource Center to celebrate with a selected fifth grade class at Elm City Elementary School in Wilson County, NC. Parents were invited to attend a special luncheon with their students on Family Day, September 23, 2013. During this time Mrs. McCrory read the Family Day proclamation signed by Governor McCrory and visited with the families represented. Parents/grandparents were encouraged to participate in family activities as a way to help prevent adolescent substance use.