Enriching Communities Through Substance Abuse Education

Discover how Project Bono is fighting substance abuse and promoting public health in communities nationwide.


Educating community members on the risks and consequences associated with drug and alcohol use is a crucial aspect of maintaining public health that should not just be prioritized after an incident, but as a part of formative learning. The detrimental effects of substance abuse on individuals, families, and communities have been well documented, and early detection and intervention are essential in preventing addiction and minimizing the associated costs.

One effective approach to achieve this goal is by offering accessible substance abuse education programs such as Project Bono, which aim to equip people of all ages and backgrounds with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed choices and avoid potentially harmful situations now and in the future to protect themselves and their community.
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Substance Abuse and Public Health

Substance abuse is a major public health concern in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 85.6% of adults in the United States have used alcohol at some point in their lives and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, substance misuse is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, with over 95,000 Americans dying each year from drug overdoses, and an even greater number of 140,000 people dying from alcohol-related causes annually.

The Risks of Underage Alcohol Consumption

Underage alcohol use can have serious and long-term consequences. There are countless negative effects that alcohol can have on overall health and well-being. Persistent alcohol use can increase the risk of developing chronic conditions such as liver disease, cancer, and mental health disorders. Using alcohol while underage can also lead to poor academic performance, an increased chance of engaging in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex and violence, and even death as a result of accidents such as motor-vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide. Alcohol causes nearly 5,000 deaths annually among young people.

What Assigning Project Bono Means for Your Community

Project Bono's goal is to provide people of all ages with accurate information about the risks and consequences of drug and alcohol use, as well as the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, Project Bono works to engage the community in the substance abuse education process by fostering greater understanding, strengthening partnerships, and redirecting 25% of proceeds to back to the communities that direct offender to our programs and accept our certificates of completion.

Project Bono's philanthropic value proposition of contributing 25% of enrollment proceeds back to the communities that assign our programs can open the door to enrichment opportunities like investing in schools and preventing recidivism by funding necessary recovery programs, community service efforts, and other initiatives. By providing funding for such programs, Project Bono can offer much-needed support to individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system and addiction.

Additionally, by investing in schools and education programs, Project Bono aims to prevent at-risk individuals from entering the criminal justice system in the first place. This approach not only helps to improve the lives of individuals and communities, but it also relieves burdens on taxpayers by reducing the costs associated with incarceration and reoffending. Overall, Project Bono's community reinvestment initiative can be a life-changing opportunity for communities nationwide, create positive change, and promote social justice through targeted investments in education and recovery programs.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol and Public Health: Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI). Annual Average for United States 2011–2015 Alcohol-Attributable Deaths Due to Excessive Alcohol Use, All Ages. Available at: https://nccd.cdc.gov/DPH_ARDI/Default/Default.aspx. Accessed 01/27/23

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Underage Drinking. https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA67/AA67.htm. Accessed 01/27/23
Page last updated: January 27, 2023