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This week, March 30 through April 5, 2020, is the 10th National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, a yearly observance organized by NIDA in partnership with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
During NDAFW, young people across the country connect with scientists and other experts to get the facts about drugs and alcohol that can help them make better choices about their health. This year, instead of in-person events and activities, NIDA encourages you to participate in NDAFW virtually.
Since we started NDAFW in 2010, it has grown in size and scope. Last year, schools, community groups, and prevention organizations held or organized nearly 2,000 events in all 50 states and in 20 countries. For instance, more than 100,000 young people participated in the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge, an online interactive quiz. Now they can take the 2020 IQ Challenge (in English or Spanish).
New events this year include:
- A Tweetstorm today (Monday, March 30) from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, when students and organizations can tweet about their NDAFW activities.
- A Twitter Trivia Challenge on Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m. EDT, hosted by NIDA in partnership with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
For both of these events, use the hashtag #NDAFW.
We know that parents and educators are hungry for meaningful ways to keep teens informed about the risks of drug use, particularly as young people struggle with the stresses of adolescence. The NIDA for Teens website has many more ideas for virtual activities that will keep teens and families engaged with this important issue.
Teens are smart. They can make the right choices for their health, especially when they know the facts about drugs. The good news is that the annual Monitoring the Future survey shows consistent declines in most forms of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use by teens. However, we’re also seeing steep increases in nicotine and marijuana vaping, and NDAFW is an important opportunity to provide up-to-date information about these trends and their harms.
I am proud that for 10 years we at NIDA have helped teens to interact with scientists and their discoveries, and have had a positive effect on young lives. Let’s all share the science and SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol.
See the NDAFW homepage for more information about NDAFW, including a map of this year’s local events.