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Check out some of the activities below for ideas and for help with planning your National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM event. It’s going to take some work—but if you can pull it off, your event is going to be awesome and it might just save some lives!

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Get Involved at School

Good Morning, NDAFW!
During the school announcements over the PA system, have teachers, counselors, and the principle state a drug fact. Read More
Peer into your Future
Suggest that your school hold an assembly to focus on the dangers of prescription drugs. Read More
Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Write a radio public service announcement about teen prescription drug abuse. Read More
School Assembly
There are many inspirational people in your local community working with recovering addicts. Read More
Become a CSI Agent
Who can sort out clues in the CSI: Web Adventures virtual game and solve the mystery first. Read More
Lunch n’ Learns
Learning while you eat is definitely more fun! Read More
Drug Facts Chat Day!
Follow the Chat! January 26, 2017 Read More

Get Competitive

There's Snow Business like Show Business
Hey it’s getting cold outside! Time for an indoor karaoke or talent show. Read More
Songwriters Competition
Use your musical talent to spread the word about drugs and drug abuse. Read More
Trivia Night
Hold a trivia night at your school or community center. Read More
Spread the Creativity
If you have a cool idea of your own, please let us know about it. Read More

Get Creative

Concert with Local Bands
Everybody loves a good concert. Read More
Wearing the Message
Get creative and develop your own messages and images to put on a t-shirt. Read More
An image is worth a thousand words
Create a 1 minute video of how substance use has impacted your community or a neighbor community. Read More
Graffiti wall
Create a graffiti type wall on poster paper with facts about drugs, slogans, facts/myths, posters, and messages about where to get help. Read More
Art Contest or Poster Campaign
Create illustrations to showcase what you’ve learned about prescription drug abuse. Read More
Fact: Drugs mess with your brain's wiring and signals
Remind teens about the dangers of drugs with a listicle about DrugFacts using NIDA’s resources. Read More
Poster Campaign
Paint the town in drug fact posters! Read More
Organize a massive sculpture exhibit at your school, or challenge other schools in your county to enter this contest. Read More
I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because
Join NDAFW by sharing why you want to SHATTER THE MYTHS! Read More
Groundhog day
Will the ground hog see his shadow during NDFW? Read More
Sidewalk Art
Hold a contest for teen artists. Read More
Organize a meme challenge at your school. Read More
Teens make music contest
Participate in the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest. Read More
Addiction and Art contest
Art can be a powerful expression of emotion around the theme of drugs and addiction. Read More
Rap Slam Poetry Slam
Are you and your friend good with words? Hold a "slam" event---writing rap lyrics or poetry about drug use. Read More
Drugs: Shatter the Myths
Our free booklets are great resources for answering your questions. Read More

Get Social

Get Involved
Host a program where everyone attending writes their Senator, Congresspeople, Mayors, Governors, or even the President. Read More
Remembering Celebrities
By understanding that drug abuse can extinguish talent, youth, and life, we can truly understand the consequences of the disease. Read More
Local Radio Call In Show
Contact your favorite local TV and radio personalities and see if they would be interested in doing a call-in show. Read More
Candlelight Vigil
Drug abuse can hurt families and communities, no matter where you live. Read More
Peer-to-Peer Counseling
Sometimes the best people to explain facts to teens are teens themselves. Read More
Facebook Scavenger Hunt
Scatter clues around your school or community. Read More
Drug Awareness 5K
Staying healthy is more than just being drug-free! Read More
Social Media Campaign
Social media has become the best way for getting information out there fast, so let’s help spread the harmful news about drug abuse! Read More
Take it to the Streets
Volunteer at community events and hand out information regarding drugs and drug abuse. Read More
Put together a flash mob in the local school, mall, or Movie Theater. Read More
Blog it Out!
Drugs & Health: NIDA’s Blog for Teens is full of emerging trends and the latest science-based research on drug abuse and addiction. Read More
I Resolve...
It’s the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions! Read More
Bake Sale
Host a bake sale to help raise money for your club! Read More

Get Watching

Movie Night
Watching movies together and discussing them as a group can help all of us learn to stay away from drugs. Read More
HBO Addiction Q A
NIDA and HBO have teamed up as co-presenters of an Addiction film series. Read More

Get Sporty

Bike Race
Organize a local bike party to raise awareness about substance use. Read More
Football Trivia Party
With the Super Bowl coming up, why not use it as an incentive to get kids to think about leading healthier lives? Read More
Halftime Activities
Come up with creative and fun sports halftime contests! Read More