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NIDA offers a host of free materials on drugs and drug abuse to support your NDAFW event, or to use any time of the year. You can download them below. To see the full selection and order from us directly, check out NIDA’s publication website.

To help teens attending your NDAFW event learn key scientific facts about drugs, drug abuse, addiction, consequences, prevention, and treatment, distribute materials before, during, or after your event. You can also download materials to view online.

NDAFW event holders: Please order materials by January 15th to receive them in time for your event. If you anticipate events larger than our order limits allow for, NIDA will consider your request for additional publications.

Booklets and Other Educational Materials

Drugs: Shatter the Myths

This booklet answers teens' most frequently asked questions about drugs and drug abuse. A must-have resource for every teen!

En Español (PDF, 12MB)

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

This 30-page full-color booklet explains in simple terms how science has revolutionized the understanding of drug addiction as a brain disease that affects behavior.

En Español (PDF, 4MB)

Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Presented in question-and-answer format, this pamphlet gives the facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects, as well as potential therapeutic uses.

En Español (PDF, 2MB)

Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body Annual Compilations

Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body is a collaboration between NIDA scientists and Scholastic, Inc. Annual compilations of articles and lesson plans going back to 2002 is available for download from Scholastic.

Educational Posters To Decorate Your Event

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty Poster

A graphic tour of how the body is affected by various drugs of abuse. Includes an annotated “body” poster along with six skills sheets.

Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster

Front of poster: Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: It is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. Back of poster: Provides four lesson plans for teachers, including critical-thinking activity worksheets and answer keys. Reviews basic marijuana facts. Helps students differentiate between fact and opinion, understand the importance of sources, analyze an editorial cartoon, and realize how messages about drugs are communicated, overtly and hidden, in songs and music videos.

Marijuana: Download the Facts Bilingual Poster

Double-sided poster for teens and young adults: One side in English, one side in Spanish. Emphasizes three essential messages about smoking marijuana: It is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving.

Prescription Drug Poster

Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.

Facts on Drugs Poster

Helps students understand the serious short- and long-term effects of drug, tobacco, and alcohol use, as well as the importance of informed decision making.

NDAFW Brochure

The best way to get people to come to your event is to talk about it with your friends and community members. Hand out our brochure along with a flyer advertising your event to get people excited. Make sure you put all the important details on your flyer—who, what, where, when, and why is a good place to start.

National Drugs & Alcohol IQ Challenge

During National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM; and year-round, teens can test their knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the online interactive National Drugs & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz or in paper format.

A new challenge is posted annually during NDAFW.

For Events With Parent Attendees

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Q&A brochure provides facts about marijuana for parents and offers tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects.