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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is an annual observance that links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens gather from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. In 2010, scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) launched this program to stimulate educational events in communities and help teens learn about drug use and addiction. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism joined as a partner starting in 2016, and since then alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

What happens during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week?

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is an opportunity for teens to shatter myths about drugs and alcohol. In community and school events all over America, teens, scientists and other experts come together to ask experts questions about how drugs affect the brain, body, and behaviors.

If you’re interested in planning events, check out the National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Website for more information. NIDA offers online toolkits 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.

Why Celebrate National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week?

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.