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At the Prevention Day closing plenary, NPW Coordinator David Wilson took the stage to share his personal Dear Future Me letter and officially introduce NPW 2018’s Dear Future Me Prevention Challenge. During this livestreamed event, Wilson shared ways for everyone to get involved in NPW, including a video montage of Dear Future Me letters from NPW partner Carroll County (MD) Health Department. SAMHSA’s Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz provided her perspective on the opioid crisis, among other issues facing the nation. Prevention Day attendees received the 2018 National Prevention Week Planning Guide and Resource Calendar to start planning their NPW activities and events. “All of us have a role in prevention. All of us can make a difference. All of us can take action today for a healthier tomorrow.” – David Wilson National Prevention Week Coordinator SAMHSA National Prevention Week Town Hall Meeting in Austin, TX SAMHSA worked with NPW partner the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Texas Museum of Science and Technology, which housed the DEA-SAMHSA’s “Drugs: Costs and Consequences” traveling exhibit, to produce a town hall meeting in Austin, TX, in collaboration with the University of Texas during NPW 2018 addressing opioid use prevention. The University of Texas at Austin sponsored the “Youth Substance Misuse & Addiction Pop-Up Institute” from April 16 through May 15, which included several events during NPW itself, such as the SAMHSA National Prevention Week Town Hall Meeting on May 14. The meeting featured panelists from the DEA San Antonio District, the UT School of Social Work, and the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center, among others, as well as a community paramedic and a young adult in long-term recovery. The town hall ended with a candlelight vigil to remember those lost to opioids. SAMHSA coordinated a livestream of the town hall meeting on SAMHSA’s webpage at samhsa.gov/prevention-week and promoted the event through SAMHSA’s social media channels. More than 200 viewers tuned in. 2018 OUTCOMES REPORT 5