2010 Events

Addiction University (A National Addiction Education Group)

Where: Campbell, CA
When: November 13, 2010

Brief Description: A 5K and 10K walk for National Drug Facts Week; drug related pamphlets from NIDA, goodie bag (from sponsors) and T-shirts will be distributed at the event. A huge event on the evening of Saturday, Nov 13th with a screening of a drug related informational presentation, Q&A with a scientist for teens, parents and educators (teachers) followed by musical entertainment.

Arab American and Chaldean Council

Where: Hamtramck, MI
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: One of ACC's youth groups, Students Against Alcohol, Drugs and Violence in collaboration with Frontier International Academy in Hamtramck, MI will be conducting a Poster Campaign at the school. Students will also include factual information from NIDA’s Web site, on the dangers associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in the morning announcements every morning during the week.

Bell Middle School

Where: Golden, CO
When: November 12, 2010

Brief Description: Dr. Boris Tabakoff (scientific expert) will talk with youth answer prepared questions; Side Walk graffiti; Psychologist; Prizes; Videos in health class to be shown that week; Proclamation from the Mayor. Each school will be playing a video that I put together with the help of a professional that introduces NIDA, gives Colorado facts from the Colorado Health Report and provides some myths, facts, and perceptions from our local youth.

Boys & Girls Club of Hopkins County

Where: Sulphur Springs, TX
When: November 4-19, 2010

Brief Description: As a NDFW Kickoff event, on November 4th the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hopkins County will launch our F.A.N. (family advocacy network) club drive using the National Drug Facts Week observance to highlight drug and early sexual activity in the community. F.A.N. club was developed as an additional component to Smart Moves, the drug and early sexual activity program of Boys and Girls Clubs of America and is offered in combination with other components of Smart Moves. The F.A.N. Club Parent Involvement Program is designed to empower parents, strengthen families, and prevent youth from using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and from engaging in early sexual activity. On November 4th, there will be a symposium, led by a panel of experts and community leaders that will give parents, caregivers, and youth the chance to ask questions. During the following days, youth will be offered participation in the Smart Moves program for youth ages 6-15; Smart kids, ages 6-9; Start Smart, ages 10-12; and Stay Smart, ages 13-15. There will be a two-year booster program for youth ages 14-17 that have completed Stay Smart. All events will end November 19th with a Smart Rally, held on the front lawn of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hopkins County. Games, food, and music will also be included in the community celebration.

Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Empire/Kayton-Frazier unit

Where: Savannah, GA
When: November 9, 2010

Brief Description: The Boys & Girls Club Keystone Club will hold a basketball challenge event. The participants will read the Shatter the Myth materials and sign that they read them. Various teens will talk about their misunderstandings. A scientific expert will also talk about the abuse of drugs. Boys & Girls Club members will also take the Drug I.Q. Challenge. Information about the event will be posted with the local media, before and after the event.

Chemical Abuse Prevention Association

Where: Broadview Heights, OH
When: November 8-14, 2010

Brief Description: Shatter the Myth Scavenger Hunt: Students will present one myth daily about drugs and alcohol during the morning announcements on BEE T.V. at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Clues will be given about where students can find the facts, which will be randomly posted around the school. Kids will be able to "shatter the myth" daily by writing the fact on an entry form for a drawing that will occur at the end of the week. Each morning, the fact will be revealed by a "scientific expert" along with another myth. Students will "Take it to the Halls" and survey other students’ knowledge of drug facts and show the footage on the morning announcements.

Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County

Where: Reading, PA
When: November 18, 2010

Brief Description: During the Latino Youth Conference, students in grades 9 - 12 will have the opportunity to attend workshops focused on substance abuse, underage drinking, cyberbullying - Do's & Don'ts of social networking and mental emotions/depression.

Concho Valley C.A.R.E.S. Coalition/Youth CARES

Where: San Angelo, TX
When: November 13, 2010

Brief Description: Youth CARES is the teen component of our coalition that has set out to carry out the mission of Concho Valley CARES- to eliminate substance abuse through community effort. For National Drug Facts Week, Youth CARES will be speaking to all the local middle and high schools via morning announcements with daily facts from NIDA’s Web site and teen booklets - to shatter the myths! The event will conclude with a teen carnival called "L8 Nite @ the Lake House" which will be an awesome substance-free party complete with food, music, games and "Above The Influence" photo booths.

Danvers CARES Prevention Coalition

Where: Danvers, MA
When: November 9, 2010

Brief Description: Danvers CARES Prevention Coalition is hosting a Teen Health Trivia Night featuring a local drug abuse counselor. The event will be an interactive evening with youth/adult trivia teams. Results of the Danvers community Youth Risk Behavior Survey and use other drug facts will be launched for the trivia contest. The trivia will be followed by a World Cafe Style community dialogue.

Davidson River School

Where: Brevard, NC
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: Senior English Project: Substance Abuse Awareness Week; One of the students is doing a senior project on substance abuse and will be presenting it with the help of a licensed professional counselor in front of all of the homeroom classes as well as a board made up of members from educational board, teachers and community leaders. The student will also make a portfolio as part of the project so she can share the photos and other project information with NIDA.


Decisions at Every Turn Coalition

Where: Ashland, MA
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: Decisions at Every Turn Coalition will be collecting questions about drugs, alcohol, and drug abuse from students in grades 3-12 during the week of November 1st. A local neuroscientist will choose 5 questions from each of the three schools to be answered during school announcements during National Drug Facts Week. The remaining questions will be answered throughout the remainder of the school year by posting in school newspaper. Parents will also be receiving an email per day during National Drug Facts Week with a drug or drug abuse prevention fact also provided by a local neuroscientist.

Derby Community Coalition Promoting Healthy Choices, Inc.

Where: Derby, KS
When: November 4, 2010

Brief Description: Drug and Gang Awareness event hosted at Derby High School. Will include presentations from the Derby Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff. Counselors and drug treatment centers will be on hand for questions as well.

Discovery Health

Where: Online
When: November 5, 2010

Brief Description: Webinar.

Drug Facts Chat Day 2010

Where: Rockville, MD
When: November 9 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Brief Description: This chat is being sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

What is the purpose of this chat? The purpose of this chat is to provide an opportunity for students and teachers in classrooms across the United States to ask questions of the Nation's top experts in the field of drug abuse and addiction. This is your opportunity to have all of your questions answered about addiction, drugs, and their effects. All questions on these topics are welcomed!

Archives of Past Chat Day's: http://www.drugabuse.gov/chat/

Drug Free Hendry County

Where: LaBelle, FL
When: November 10-11, 2010

Brief Description: Speaker Marc Fomby will present “Games Children Play” for parents with entertainment for children and youth. Drug Free Hendry County will host other National Drug Facts Town Forums in LaBelle and Clewiston, Florida for youth and adults. Information in the National Drug Facts Town forum will come from NIDA’s Drug Facts Web site and Shatter the Myths booklet.

Dysart Unified School District

Where: Surprise, AZ
When: November 8-10 and November 12, 2010

Brief Description: District-wide promotion of National Drug Facts Week including 7th, 8th, 9th grade "Not My Kid" classroom presentations and assemblies; evening parent presentation of "Not My Kid" student-driven programs by high school campus clubs such as SADD, Journalism, and Drama; poster contest; student-created banners at the entrance to the schools; in-class sessions led by the science teachers; participation in Drug Facts Chat Day during selected classes; and others.

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley

Where: Santa Maria, CA
When: November 13, 2010

Brief Description: Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley Youth Involvement Group will be holding a Town Hall Meeting/ Youth Chat on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Along with a NIDA researcher, the youth group with be holding a Q&A session to “shatter the myths” of drugs and drug abuse. The event will be filmed so we can use the footage for a PSA. In addition to our town hall meeting, throughout the week we will also be Painting the Town in Drug Fact Posters.

Fulton Treatment Center

Where: Fulton, MO
When: November 8-14, 2010

Brief Description: The students will be designing a Graffiti wall that depict the facts and myths about drugs and drug abuse.

Glades Tobacco Free Partnership

Where: Moore Haven, FL
When: November 9, 2010

Brief Description: Speaker Marc Fomby will present “Games Children Play” for parents with entertainment for children and youth. Followed by National Drug Facts Week Forum for everyone; 6 pm Moore Haven High School Auditorium. Speaker is a certified prevention specialist.

Golden High School

Where: Golden, CO
When: November 12, 2010

Brief Description: Golden High School will participate in a raffle challenging students to take the Drug IQ Challenge. Posters will be displayed to help the youth know of resources to obtain updated scientific material (NIDA’s Web site will be used as a resource for information). Students will be gathering "perceptions and myths from the student body"; Mayor of Golden and a scientific expert will be attending the event.

Grant County Safe Communities Coalition

Where: Canyon City, OR
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Facebook Scavenger Hunt will use facts from the NIDA Web site under the supervision of a certified addiction specialist.

Heritage High School

Where: Forest, NC
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Trivia Challenge at Heritage High School during lunch using the Drug IQ Challenge.

Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems

Where: Springfield, IL
When: November 14, 2010

Brief Description: The ILCAAAP Teen Board is hosting a National Drug Facts Week Scavenger Hunt based on facts found on NIDA’s Teen Web site. The event will target high school students from the Sangamon County/Central Illinois area. Students will gather clues and information that “Shatters the Myths” about drugs. A closing program will be held complete with door prizes!

Illinois Drug Education Alliance

Where: Springfield, IL
When: November 8-13, 2010

Brief Description: Facebook Scavenger Hunt will use existing facts already on the Illinois Drug Educational Alliance Web site.


Where: Jackson, OH
When: October 27-28, 2010

Brief Description: A scientific expert will meet with our Youth Leadership Council during their annual retreat to present during a youth facilitated discussion about drugs and drug abuse among teens.

Leadership and Resiliency

Where: Luray, VA
When: November 11, 2010

Brief Description: There will be a poster campaign and lunch informational session where handouts will be provided to the students.

Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition

Where: Bradenton, FL
When: November 9, 2010

Brief Description: Approximately 200 freshmen and sophomores from Lakewood Ranch High School, School District of Manatee County Florida will host an enlightening, interactive, informational training session, on the topic of Drug Facts and Myths. The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition (MCSAC) is honored to be one of five sites selected to host a nationally sponsored event. Superintendent of Schools, Tim McGonegal is an active member of MCSAC. Lakewood High School principal, Linda Nesselhauf and Board of Education member, Barbara Harvey has been very supportive of the MCSAC Youth Leadership Academy.

Manteca Day School

Where: Manteca, CA
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: Manteca Day School will have a poster contest, presentations from a Trauma Nurse and Drug Detective from the police department in Manteca, CA and other information will be available for students during lunch time.

McTigue Middle School

Where: Toledo, OH
When: November 15-19, 2010

Brief Description: Students at McTigue Middle School will have a Q & A session in the school cafeteria with a scientific expert. The discussion will be centered on NIDA's "Shatter the Myths" booklet.

Montgomery County Community Partnership

Where: Silver Spring, MD
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Montgomery County Community Partnership, a 501-c (3) partnership organization dedicated to alcohol and other drug and violence prevention among youth, will host an interactive Q& A challenge with students and scientists from Montgomery County, MD.

Northpointe Council, Inc.

Where: Niagara Falls, NY
When: November 6-11, 2010

Brief Description: Approximately 800 youth; broadcast school announcement introducing NDFW (including sharing statistics about drug use); brochures and Shatter the Myth booklets will be passed out to students; "drop-box" to place anonymous questions about drugs and alcohol with the answers to be read and broadcasted in the morning announcements later in the week; movie documentary to be shown (either 20/20: A Deadly Drunk Driving Accident:6/5/09 or Straight Talk about alcohol and other drugs) as well as the Drug IQ Challenge after the movie; presentations in Health Classes on debunking myths associated with drugs and alcohol abuse. Shatter the Myths booklet will be the focus of the conversation.

Osage Nation Prevention Program

Where: Pawhuska, OK
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Osage Nation Prevention Program will host an assembly at Barnsdall High School with an impact speaker who will give a brief presentation. A scientific expert will conclude the assembly with a brief Q & A session.

Partnership For Results, Inc.

Where: Auburn, NY
When: November 8-14, 2010

Brief Description: A weeklong of events and activities including schools, law enforcement, health organizations and educational institutions. Types of activities during National Drug Facts Week:

  • Request Morning Announcements at school – or Fact of the Day
  • Create Facebook page
  • After school Activities including Computer Labs and Computer Games
  • Distribute Brochures and flyers
  • Contests with Tee Shirts for winners
  • Teachers Involvement
  • Electronic Homework websites – FACT of the Day
  • TV commercials/interviews
  • Newspapers Articles
  • Dance – Open Mic
  • Panel Discussion
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Proclamation by City and County

Peervention at MCC Red Mountain

Where: Mesa, AZ
When: November 8-14, 2010

Brief Description: Peervention will have a week-long event with a special celebrity guest, a band to perform, and a scientific expert to do a Q & A session. Peervention events will take place at Mesa Community College in the morning, a high school in the afternoon and the local Boys and Girls Club in the after school hour. There will be posters stating facts about drugs as well as sidewalk graffiti posting various myths and facts about drugs and drug abuse.

Ralston Elementary School

Where: Golden, CO
When: November 12, 2010

Brief Description: Ralston Elementary school will be implementing Shatter the Myths into their science day on the November 12th. A scientist will attend the event for a Q&A session with the students.

Rensselaer County Underage Drinking Coalition

Where: Troy, NY
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Rensselaer County Underage Drinking Coalition will hold a Youth Summit with the goal of reducing underage alcohol and drug use. The key note speaker will talk about the brain science. In addition, there will be workshops which partially will cover drug awareness education. In addition, the workshops will address the issue of youth perception of the risks and also the number of youth who are actually using.

River Forest Public Library

Where: River Forest, IL
When: November 9, 2010

Brief Description: Concordia University Chicago faculty, staff, and students will join the River Forest Public Library to host an event for National Drug Facts Week. The event will include the National Drug IQ Challenge, Q&A session for teens and parents with the scientific expert and the Drugs: Shatter the Myths booklets.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Where: Rochester, NY
When: November 7-14, 2010

Brief Description: RIT will post promotional pieces about NDFW Chat Day on the electronic board and in the residence halls.

Rockville High School

Where: Rockville, MD
When: November 1-5, 2010

Brief Description: The students of Rockville High School are developing a Public Service Announcement to advertise participation in National Drug Facts Week. The health classes will participate throughout the day. The media center will open to all students at lunch and after school to participate.

Rosa Scott High School

Where: Canton, MS
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Rosa Scott High School will have a Q&A session with questions submitted by students in an assembly with a scientific expert.

Safety Solutions Coalition

Where: Cedar City, UT
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Safety Solutions Coalition will host an assembly with a Q&A session using information from NIDA’s Web site and “Shatter the Myths” teen booklets as a focus of the discussion.

Sallisaw Youth Coalition

Where: Sallisaw, OK
When: November 9, 2010

Brief Description: Sallisaw Youth Coalition is hosting a “Shatter the Myths” assembly for Seniors, Youth Coalition Members and local doctors, health care workers, City Manager, the Mayor and Mike Snowden of the Oklahoma Narcotics Bureau. Senior students will submit questions the week before, then two teachers and a Prevention Specialist will choose questions and the students who wrote them will ask the expert at the assembly. A Proclamation will be made by the Mayor. Students from the SYC will do the introductions. Police Chief Shaloa Edwards Chairman of the Coalition will talk briefly.

SGA Youth and Family Services

Where: Chicago, IL
When: November 10, 2011

Brief Description: SGA Youth and Family Services will have a scientist at Kelly High School for Trivia Night.

South Carroll High School

Where: Sykesville, MD
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: South Carroll High School will provide students with a copy of the "Shatter the Myths" booklet and have a representative from our local drug treatment facility available to provide students with answers to questions during all lunch shifts in the cafeteria.

St. Helena Unified School District

Where: St. Helena, CA
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: St. Helena Middle School is hosting a Classroom Contest featuring door posters “shattering the myths” of drug abuse. Facts for the posters will come from the NIDA Web site under supervision of a certified addiction specialist.

St John Regional Catholic School

Where: Fredrick, MD
When: November 12, 2010

Brief Description: The 7th & 8th grade students will design posters in computer class to make a graffiti fact wall to be posted in school hallways. There will be an assembly with a local scientific expert and the students to speak on drug facts and shattering myths as well as a Q&A session. Students will use "Wordle"; an Internet program to create "posters" explaining drug facts. These posters will be displayed on a wall outside the school’s computer lab during the week of November 8th. A pharmacist will speak with the students on November 12th.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria

Where: Alexandria, VA
When: November 8-14, 2010

Brief Description: A NIDA researcher will answer questions for 75-150 high school students about alcohol and other drugs. The event will be at TC Williams High School. There is a session for 2-3 science class students - a total of about 75 students. The session will be about an hour and a half long. Through the week of Nov. 8-14 there will be other activities such as having teachers deliver drug facts in the morning and having the NIDA Shatter the Myths booklets in the school's wellness center and library.

Teen Alliance Coalition

Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL
When: November 16, 2010

Brief Description: "Clean Syde of Hip Hop Rap Contest" Teens will have the opportunity to create and perform a song or short theatrical skit on the dangers of drug abuse. The song must have clean and positive lyrics. The winning act will receive a prize and opportunity to record their song on a CD.

Van Buren YLC/JEL

Where: Keosaqua, IA
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: Van Buren YLC/JEL is interviewing a scientist for the event at a local school in Keosaqua on Channel 1 closed circuit TV. Each day of NDFW the students will focus on a different substance of abuse. NIDA’s Drug IQ Challenge will be used as one of the daily activities.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)

Where: Washington, DC
When: November 12, 2010

Brief Description: The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), AAA Mid-Atlantic, Nation's Capital Council to Prevent Underage Drinking and the DC Metropolitan Police Department have created a premier event for teens at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center – Gymnasium in Washington, DC. By inviting local teens to participate in the ‘Know Your Facts -Shatter the Myths’ event, we aim to provide a fun and open environment where these young people can be free to ask questions and receive informative, expert information on drugs and drug habits. Our event will consist of informative stations, and a Q&A with an expert panel, including a NIDA scientist and a representative of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. All activities will be student led.

Washtenaw County Community Partnership

Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: November 10, 2010

Brief Description: Rich Coleman, Chair, WCCP and host of the Prevention Corner TV Show. The local high schools of Washtenaw County and Youth organizations will hold a televised Town hall meeting with teens during “National Drug Facts Week”. The Washtenaw County school districts are also promoting the week.

Women In Forensic Science

Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: November 13, 2010

Brief Description: Women in Forensic Science will host a "National Drug Facts Week Shatter the Myths" at the Simons Recreation Center in Philadelphia that will attract many kids and adults in the urban community. The event will be hosted by a Forensic Chemist from the Philadelphia Police Department-Forensic Science Center and other Forensic Chemists. There will be a drug abuse expert from the Health Department in Philadelphia to discuss the physical and psychological effects on the human body. Various activities for the kids will be involved along with refreshments and advertising through social networking and media.


Where: Laramie, WY
When: November 9th and 12th, 2010

Brief Description: Students at Wyoming Indian High School will take part in the Drug Facts Chat Day with an expert on 11-9-10 then travel to the reservation and have a table with information from SAMHSA, NIDA, and NIMH, along with a hands-on activities and will be handing out T-shirts with the iron-on downloads provided by NIDA specifically for National Drug Facts Week.

York High School

Where: York, ME
When: November 8-12, 2010

Brief Description: York High School is sponsoring a Drug Awareness week using information and resources from NIDA’s Web site as well as NIDA’s publications to incorporate into the school’s curricular activities during National Drug Facts Week.