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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week


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National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to SHATTER THE MYTHSTM,SM about drug and alcohol abuse.

2016 National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM: Monday, January 25th through Sunday, January 31st.

What is National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM?
National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug abuse and addiction. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM promotional video, introduced by NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow. Quick look at what you need to do to get ready for NDAFW 2016!


What happens during National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM?
National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM is an opportunity for teens to SHATTER THE MYTHSTM,SM about drugs and drug abuse. In community and school events all over America, teens, scientists and other experts come together for an honest conversation about how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior. In school assemblies, after school clubs, athletic events, and other venues, students are able to ask experts questions about drugs, and discuss NIDA materials designed for teens.

How can I plan an event for National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM?
Check out the National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM Website for more information. NIDA offers an online toolkit with lots of suggestions on how to plan events, how to find experts who can participate, and how to connect with NIDA staffers who can help. The site also tells you how to register your event, and how to get free materials for teens, including the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz, and our popular Drugs: Shatter the Myths booklet.

Why Celebrate National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM?
About a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; about 5 percent of seniors report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription pain relievers; and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month.  Many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the influence.  When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.

Who are the Federal Partners for National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM?
NIDA and NIAAA have many federal, state and local partners working together to get the facts about drugs to teens in communities all over America. Partners include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the U.S. Department of Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration in the U.S. Department of Justice

For more information on National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM visit the Web site: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week, email us at drugfacts@nida.nih.gov, or call 301-­443-­1124.

This page was last updated November 2015