Shattering Drug Myths During National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW)

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Every year, for the past five years, we at NIDA have dedicated ourselves to helping people get the facts about drugs, drug use, and the consequences of use.

This year, with over 1,000 NDAFW events in every state, more teens than ever before will have a chance to learn something that may change the course of their lives. 

Can teens really have that much control over their future? Absolutely.

The truth is that learning the facts about drugs helps people to make informed decisions. And even if we all sometimes make mistakes or take risks (when we know better) taking some time to learn and remind ourselves about  what can happen when people use drugs, can only help us lead better, healthier, and safer lives. There are many things teens have no control over---but when it comes to drugs, you are in charge of your future. 

This is especially true nowadays. When Google is the go-to method for finding information, it’s easy for myths and misinformation to spread faster than the truth. And, with so much out there online and on TV, it can be easy for things to seem like a “he said/she said” where no one is more credible than anyone else and we are left to think it everything is just an opinion. 

But the facts, the science about drugs, are not a matter of opinion. NIDA brings you the facts. And NIDA is the most credible source for information about drugs. Period. 

Our mission is to fund research and to share the results with the public. It’s not to make drugs illegal. It’s not to make drugs legal. Our mission is to get the facts. And on this week—and every week—we welcome you to join us in this pursuit. Your future might depend on it.

Don’t have a NDFW event in your area?  Follow the conversation on Drug & Alcohol Facts Chat Day.

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Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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