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Chat Day: Let's Talk About Drugs

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Sara Bellum

Today marks NIDA’s fourth annual Drug Facts Chat Day! Beginning in 2007, NIDA scientists teamed up with a few high schools to create an online forum for teens to ask questions about drug abuse and the science behind addiction. This year, Chat Day is taking place during the first annual National Drug Facts Week, November 8–14—a whole week dedicated to shattering the myths about drugs and addiction. You can participate. Read on:

How to Get in on Chat Day

  1. Check to see if your school has preregistered for Chat Day. If your school has registered, you will be given an access code to log into the chat. Since Chat Day takes place completely online, anyone at a registered school can participate from any computer! The chat begins at 8 a.m. EST on November 9th and will stay open until 6 p.m. EST—there’s plenty of time to join in!
  2. Think of what you’d like to ask. NIDA scientists will be ready and waiting to answer your questions. Type a question about drug abuse or addiction into the chat box and a NIDA expert will be on hand in real time to answer it. If your question isn’t answered right then and there, it will be addressed after Chat Day is over and included as part of a transcript on our website. Here’s the one from last year. We might even post your question and our answer here on the SBB.
  3. Spread the word! Tell your friends and teachers to get involved with Chat Day and National Drug Facts Week. The more people who participate, the more myths can be shattered!

Learn more about Drug Facts Chat Day and National Drug Facts Week

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Public awareness is our best defense, a lot of addicts and alcoholics do not understand that there are hundreds of thousands of people who have recovered from addiction one day at a time and have tons of fun.

If your schoolhouse has filed, you will be given an access to lumber into the chat. Since Chat Day takes place wholly on line, anyone at a registered schoolhouse can take part from any information processing system!

This is a great concept and I hope it continues to help teenagers get the information they need.

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Drugs are bad. :O

Chat Day is a very good concept to make every individual aware of what might Drugs cause you as a person and to your health. Keep it up guys.

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