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Join the Great CyberShoutout to Kickoff National Drug Facts Week

Sara Bellum
October 05, 2010

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a 5-day event that features teen-led activities, a cool contest sponsored by the Grammy Awards, and chats to shatter the myths around drug abuse and addiction. SBB and NIDA want you to help us spread the word through school and community events, both online and in person. Read on… NDFW kicks off on Monday, November 8, with the Sara Bellum CyberShoutout. We’ll be blogging here on the SBB and adding updates from you throughout the day. We need your support to make this good. Could you maybe:

  • Post a comment here on the Sara Bellum blog?
  • Write a new post for your own blog?
  • Post our new NDFW Web badge on your blog.
  • Upload event pictures to Flickr?
  • Post drug facts that we give you to your Facebook and/or Twitter account, or wherever you share updates and issues with friends and family?

Note: If you plan to blog or post something to your Facebook page for the CyberShoutout, let us know in the comments. If you’ll be tweeting, don’t forget to use the hashtag #drugfacts2010 so we can update Sara Bellum throughout that day with your ideas and thoughts. We hope you’ll take part in this CyberShoutout event – together, we can separate fact from fiction when it comes to drug abuse and addiction! Here are some facts to get you started:

  • The chances of becoming addicted to marijuana or any drug differ for everyone. For weed, that's about 1 in 11 people. Learn more.
  • In 2006, prescription pain medications were involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Learn more.
  • Drugs reset brain’s pleasure meter, making you feel hopeless & sad w/out drugs 'til normal fun stops making you happy. Learn more.

Get in on the action! Teens across the nation will be participating in NDFW through activities, participating in Drug Facts Chat Day, and leading events in their communities. How loud can you shout? Remember, no matter how or where you speak out, add the hashtag #drugfacts2010.

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Thank you so much it is so cool to see people coming together to shout out - there is a life after drugs. Right on!

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I will for sure do everything I can for Sara, I love to give back. [link removed, per guidelines]

Association of Women in Forensic Science(AWIFS)..will be ready to share drug facts to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse.

We need to teach our kids at a young age safe and fun alternatives to living a health lifestyle. Alternative transportation is a step we can take to help our environment as well as health as a whole country. We have determined what our problems are and will continue to be unless we stand up and change. Many great people regardless of their lifestyles are opening their eyes to this. I myself ride around on electric bikes to do my fair share of preservation. You can help too.

Chris
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that a good activity, It surely looks like fun.

Nice to hear that 5-day event against drug abuse and addiction. i will take my friends to take part in this Cyber Shoutout event. the drugs needs to be eradicate in this society. thank u for this blog. every obe beed to be participate.
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Today many young spoil their precious lives by using drugs.
It is very nice to see many people shout against it...

This fantastic post! thanks a lot to the amazing article! I'll be sure to come back in your immediate future!

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Teens are getting fat from sitting around the house all day playing video games and eating with little to no exercise if the boys rode [commercial link removed, per guidelines] they could get exercise and lose the fat.

Does anyone know if Peanut Butter Software [commercial link removed, per guidelines] participated in last year's cyber shout out? If not, I think I may contact them and see if they would be a sponsor.

-Liz

@Liz Thanks for checking in. We are planning to do National Drug Facts Week again in 2011 and welcome the participation of others who want to help NIDA reach out to teens with facts on drug abuse and addiction.

Good and helpful site.

This information is very helpful to parents, teachers, principals, and guidance counselors. Thank you.

Could I attend National Drug Facts Week (NDFW).
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Thanks for the post - it was really useful. How can I join in too?? Plus I've also tweeted with the hashtag #drugfacts2010. I believe we should make the drug awareness a part of ourlife and style. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

I will attention here!

Well I use to be a drug addict and thank god I finally got away from. But I will tell you now drugs are so widely available that it will get next to impossible to keep kids away from. We need the goverment to stop these drugs coming into the country in the first place please. I don't want my kids going through what I did.

Thanks

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It is amazing to me how some people think that since they can easily stop smoking weed that no one can suffer from marijuana addiction. Even NORML admits that about 15% of the population can become addicted to marijuana.

Each individual must decide for themselves if they have a marijuana addiction and about 45,000 people in the US alone, DO each year. If you are finding it hard to quit, you CAN get help to stop smoking weed.
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What a great article! Thank you for your nice writing.

I think efforts like this are really great. If they can prevent or stop someones involvement with drugs, even one then you have something there.

I’ve discovered my purpose in life after surviving an almost 15-year battle with the disease of addiction. Today, I’m a recording artist. My twin brother, Rock Star (also his real legal name), and I recorded Serenity, a first-of-its-kind CD focused solely on combating addiction. A Grammy-winning producer worked on the CD, along with many famous musicians who came together to help others through their own addiction struggles. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

This is a great way to tell people that there is nothing useful you can get if you take prohibited drugs. On the other hand it is also a way to tell people with previous drug addiction problems to STOP and that there is life after drugs just like life after death. Great Article!

We, people devoted to help young and grow ups to quit from smoking marijuana and other drugs are glad to know how much you care to keep fighting against drug abuse. Keep up!
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None of us know, with any certainty, whether or not we are susceptible to addiction until we experiment. For some, this experimentation inevitably leads to abuse, and ultimately addiction. If you live in the UK and struggling with addiction, the National Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation Directory is a good place to find the help you deserve.

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it's good to have blogs that talk about these problems, congratulations, you have my full support [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

It is always nice to see people coming together, also it is very sad to see very young people involve with drugs, I would post it in my blog about Sara

This blog is very helpful to parents and teachers,thanks for sharing. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

great article and nice layout thanks for sharing i have shared this post on facebook.
regards
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Great share, very useful for many people. This is a great way to tell people that there is nothing useful you can get if you take prohibited drugs. Well I use to be a drug addict and thank god I finally got away from. But I will tell you now drugs are so widely available that it will get next to impossible to keep kids away from. We need the goverment to stop these drugs coming into the country in the first place please. I don’t want my kids going through what I did. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

Hi,really great information here!

It is amazing to me how some people think that since they can easily stop smoking weed that no one can suffer from marijuana addiction. Even NORML admits that about 15% of the population can become addicted to marijuana.
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I'm From [commercial link removed, per guidelines] Indonesia certainly would support this motion no drugs. Good Work Sara Bellium.

Humans have been using drugs for thousands of years. its a long complicated history, only now are they trying to outright outlaw specific substances. its counter productive, and even sillier, impossible to regulate! hahahaha..

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No one can become addicted to marijuana that's a fact, period.

@xgamering.com Not a fact, ‘cause about 9 percent of long-term users become addicted to marijuana; this number goes up to about 1 in 6 in those who start using young (in their teens) and to 25-50 percent among daily users.

I appreciate you for adding this great site information.Many thanks for sharing this useful article.

Thanks,
samuel
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The drug addiction must be overcome, thanks to those who make possible
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This is a fantastic idea, drugs are unfortnuatly very much part of our society

There is so much for us to learn about drugs and they effects they have on us as a whole. Great awareness post.

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nice initiative! shoutout against drug peddling is the call of the hour. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

stay safe! Say 'no to drugs!

Stefan

kool whoa, hands down coolest post i've ever read. [link removed, per guidelines]

Great idea, we must strive to help each other because times may come when we will need someone's help. And blaming teens for their behaviour is mostly wrong, I believe that children are products of society and family around them and every one of us must focus on that and become the best role model possible.
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I live in Poland but now seen that the whole world have big problem with drugs which are dream and feelings killers.

Very helpful ! Drug abuse everyone knows someone that has a problem ! It's a shame.
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None of us know, with any certainty, whether or not we are susceptible to addiction until we experiment. For some, this experimentation inevitably leads to abuse, and ultimately [commercial link removed, per guidelines] addiction

I agree completely with this idea, the actual responsibility for the control of drugs and illicit obtan is the responsibility of all parties. That responsibility starts from the smallest to the family and the broadest level the world.

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