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Check out some of the activities below for ideas and for help with planning your National Drug Facts Week℠ event. It’s going to take some work—but if you can pull it off, your event is going to be awesome and it might just save some lives!

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Get Artsy

Graffiti wall
Create a graffiti type wall on poster paper with facts about drugs, slogans, facts/myths, posters, and messages about where to get help. Read More
Wearing the Message
Get creative and develop your own messages and images to put on a t-shirt. Read More
Groundhog day
Will the ground hog see his shadow during NDFW? Read More
Poster Campaign
Paint the town in drug fact posters! Read More
Art Contest or Poster Campaign
Create illustrations to showcase what you’ve learned about prescription drug abuse. Read More
Addiction and Art contest
Art can be a powerful expression of emotion around the theme of drugs and addiction. Read More
Sidewalk Art
Hold a contest for teen artists. Read More
Concert with Local Bands
Everybody loves a good concert. Read More
Teens make music contest
Create original music that spreads the message about healthy choices and the dangers of drug abuse. Read More
Rap Slam Poetry Slam
Are you and your friend good with words? Hold a "slam" event---writing rap lyrics or poetry about drug use. Read More
Drugs: Shatter the Myths
Our free booklets Drugs: Shatter the Myths and Marijuana: Facts for Teens are great resources for answering your questions. Read More

Get Competitive

Trivia Night
Hold a trivia night at your school or community center. Read More
Spread the Creativity
If you have a cool idea of your own, please let us know about it. Read More
There's Snow Business like Show Business
Hey it’s getting cold outside! Time for an indoor karaoke or talent show. Read More
Songwriters Competition
Use your musical talent to spread the word about drugs and drug abuse. Read More

Get Involved at School

School Assembly
There are many inspirational people in your local community working with recovering addicts. Read More
Become a CSI Agent
Who can sort out clues in the CSI: Web Adventures virtual game and solve the mystery first. Read More
Lunch n’ Learns
Learning while you eat is definitely more fun! Read More
Good Morning, NDFW!
During the school announcements over the PA system, have teachers, counselors, and the principle state a drug fact. Read More
Peer into your Future
Suggest that your school hold an assembly to focus on the dangers of prescription drugs. Read More
Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Write a radio public service announcement about teen prescription drug abuse. Read More
Drug Facts Chat Day!
Follow the Chat! January 30, 2015 Read More

Get Social

Take it to the Streets
Volunteer at community events and hand out information regarding drugs and drug abuse. Read More
Drug Awareness 5K
Staying healthy is more than just being drug-free! Read More
Social Media Campaign
Gather your friends, and help us shatter the myths about drug abuse by sharing. Read More
Bake Sale
Host a bake sale to help raise money for your club! Read More
Dancing
Put together a flash mob in the local school, mall, or Movie Theater. Read More
Blog it Out!
Drugs & Health: NIDA’s Blog for Teens is full of emerging trends and the latest science-based research on drug abuse and addiction. Read More
I Resolve...
It’s the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions! Read More
Get Involved
Host a program where everyone attending writes their Senator, Congresspeople, Mayors, Governors, or even the President. Read More
Remembering Celebrities
By understanding that drug abuse can extinguish talent, youth, and life, we can truly understand the consequences of the disease. Read More
Local Radio Call In Show
Contact your favorite local TV and radio personalities and see if they would be interested in doing a call-in show. Read More
Candlelight Vigil
Drug abuse can hurt families and communities, no matter where you live. Read More
Peer-to-Peer Counseling
Sometimes the best people to explain facts to teens are teens themselves. Read More
Facebook Scavenger Hunt
Scatter clues around your school or community. Read More

Get Sporty

Football Trivia Party
With the Super Bowl coming up, why not use it as an incentive to get kids to think about leading healthier lives? Read More
Halftime Activities
Support your school sports teams while shattering the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Read More

Get Watching

Movie Night
Watching movies together and discussing them as a group can help all of us learn to stay away from drugs. Read More
HBO Addiction Q A
NIDA and HBO have teamed up as co-presenters of an Addiction film series. Read More