If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.

Observances and Events

Observances

  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month (December 2022) – Did you know that a DUI can be given for substances other than alcohol? A DUI can occur when someone drives impaired by prescription or over-the-counter medications or illegal drugs. As part of December’s National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, professionals can use Too Much to Lose resources to remind Service members that it’s important to have strategies not only to make it home safely, but to also avoid risky drug use.
    • Ready-to-use messaging. These ready-to-use messages and resources can complement your local efforts like social media outreach, plan of the day (POD)/plan of the week (POW) notes, newsletter articles, email communications, and more.
      • Protect your job and well-being. Using prohibited substances [PDF 52KB] is never worth the risk. Service members should always avoid risky drug use as it can have serious consequences on their health, relationships, and career.
      • Plan ahead. Think twice about the setting you’ll be in. If you are invited to a house party where you know there will be risky drug use, you might have to make the tough decision to stay away so you can stay safe. You could also drive yourself there so you can leave when you’re ready (as long as you’re not drinking).
      • Protect yourself. We’ve all been in a situation where our friends do something that we don’t agree with or don’t want to take part in. Although it might be hard to change other people’s actions, you can control your own when it comes to risky drug use.
      • Protect those around you. Go the extra mile to make sure your buddies don’t drive while impaired. Always encourage them to choose a safer method to get home or plan to be their designated driver.
    • Go to National Highway Traffic Safely Administration’s (NHTSA) webpage on drug-impaired driving to find more information and supplement your efforts so that Service members can protect themselves and others on the road this holiday season.
    • Check out the NHTSA’s If You Feel Different, You Drive Different campaign that strives to educate about the dangers of driving while impaired by drugs and promote safer choices. They also team up with law enforcement for the annual If You Feel Different You Drive Different, Drive High Get a DUI campaign to remind drivers that drug-impaired driving isn’t a mistake; it’s a crime.
  • Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (March 20-26, 2023) – Use this week in March as an opportunity to educate Service members about the dangers of risky drug use. Check out and use the latest Too Much to Lose campaign resources as part of your substance use education efforts to make sure Service members understand and avoid risky drug use.
    • Ready-to-use messaging. These ready-to-use messages and resources can complement your local efforts like social media outreach, plan of the day (POD)/plan of the week (POW) notes, newsletter articles, email communications, and more.
      • Avoiding risky drug use applies to Service members beyond your normal duty day or when you’re in uniform. Check out this video to see why staying away from risky drug use can protect the things you care about most – even if you’re deployed, on leave or off duty.
      • The answer to managing pain isn’t always using prescription drugs. Learn about the different non-drug pain management options that could help your pain as a Service member. Talk to your health care provider about what might be available and right for you, as well as what steps you can take to access these services.
      • Stay informed on the latest info by checking out the Too Much to Lose Trending Topics! Learn about trending topics like rainbow fentanyl. Named for its bright colors, this highly addictive and potentially deadly opioid is specifically marketed to appeal to children and young people but is illegal and extremely dangerous. Check this page regularly to stay up-to-date so you don’t put you or your career at risk.
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (April 29, 2023) –This observance is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to spread awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. In support of this day, ensure Service members understand the risks of prescription drug misuse and know how to safely dispose of their prescription drugs.
    • Download and share Too Much to Lose promotional materials:
      • Check out the following materials with information and tips on prescription drugs, including how to educate Service members on how to dispose of them correctly:
      • Ready-to-use messaging. These ready-to-use messages and resources can complement your local efforts like social media outreach, plan of the day (POD)/plan of the week (POW) notes, newsletter articles, email communications, and more.
        • “Just in case.” You may say that to yourself when feeling tempted to keep extra medicine after an injury or illness. Get rid of your unused prescriptions. It’s just not worth the potential risks such as a job disqualifier, disciplinary action or unknown medical interactions.
        • Responsible prescription drug use includes safe disposal. Visit your military treatment facility pharmacy to dispose of unused prescription drugs [PDF 561KB] during normal operating hours. You can also visit a local public disposal collection site any time.

Events

  • AMSUS (The Society of Federal Health Professionals): From February 13-16, 2023 the campaign team will host an exhibit featuring the Too Much to Lose, YouCanQuit2, and Own Your Limits campaigns at the AMSUS Annual Meeting exhibit hall. Stop by our booth to see some of our print and promotional materials and speak to the campaigns team.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.