Marijuana Event Toolkit

If you are interested in an event or promotional activity that focuses primarily on marijuana, here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.

Marijuana: Facts for Parents

Marijuana is one of the most used substances by youth – with close to 45 percent of U.S. teens having tried marijuana at least once by the time they graduate high school. It is important to note that the number of teens vaping marijuana has more than doubled in the past 2 years, often using e-cigarette devices that go undetected by parents and teachers.


Read More About Marijuana

Currently, the number of teens who think marijuana is harmful is declining–in part because of the mixed messages being conveyed by the passage of medical marijuana laws and legalization of marijuana in some states. It is more important than ever that teens learn accurate information about its risks.

Scientific evidence shows that regular marijuana use during teenage years can affect the developing brain, and lead to problems with studying and learning new things well into adulthood. Science tells us regular recreational marijuana use interferes with other aspects of functioning and well-being.

There is a lot of misinformation online about marijuana use. If your community is interested in holding a marijuana-focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, we have resources to assist you in planning your event. NDAFW 2020 will be March 30 - April 5.

Monitoring the Future 2019: Teen vaping climbs significantly. See table below for numerical representation
Monitoring the Future 2019: Teen vaping climbs significantly. See table below for numerical representation
Monitoring the Future 2019: Daily marijuana use in lower grades increases but past year marijuana use steady. See table below for numerical representation
Monitoring the Future 2019: Illicit drug use. See table below for numerical representation

For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.

Federal Marijuana Resources

Illnesses and Deaths from Vaping Marijuana: The U.S. Government has alerted the public to thousands of reports of serious lung illnesses associated with vaping, affecting teens as young as 13. Sadly, dozens of people have died from these illnesses, some as young as 17. Most of these illnesses are from vaping products containing THC, the main psychotropic ingredient in marijuana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted an information page for consumers.


Poster - Underage Drinking Prevention

NOTE: All resources are from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and available online only unless otherwise indicated.


Multimedia and Interactive Resources

Lesson Plan and Activity Finder

Activity Ideas

A Listicle Tickle
Remind teens about the dangers of drugs with a listicle about DrugFacts using NIDA’s resources. Read More
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Create a 1 minute video of how substance use has impacted your community or a neighbor community. Read More
Bake goods
Host a bake sale to help raise money for your club! 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
Illustration of a bike race
Organize a local bike party to raise awareness about substance use. Read More
El equipo de NDAFW se entusiasma con presentar un nuevo juego de Bingo que cualquier... Read More
Gone viral sign
Drugs & Health: NIDA’s Blog for Teens is full of emerging trends and the latest science-based research on drug misuse and addiction. Read More
Candlelight Vigil
Drug misuse can hurt families and communities, no matter where you live. Read More
Chat Day logo
Follow the Chat! Read More
Choose Your Path
Suggest that your school hold an assembly to focus on the dangers of prescription drugs. Read More
Concert with Local Bands
Everybody loves a good concert. Read More
Drug Awareness 5K
Staying healthy is more than just being drug-free! 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
Put together a flash mob in the local school, mall, or Movie Theater. Read More
Get Involved
Host a program where everyone attending writes their Senator, Congresspeople, Mayors, Governors, or even the President. Read More
Good Morning, NDAFW!
During the school announcements over the PA system, have teachers, counselors, principal state a drug fact. Read more
Graffiti wall
Create a graffiti wall on poster paper with facts about drugs, slogans, facts/myths, and posters, about where to get help. Read More
Teens make music contest
Participate in the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest. Read More
Halftime Activities
Come up with creative and fun sports halftime contests! Read More
HBO Addiction Q A
NIDA and HBO have teamed up as co-presenters of an Addiction film series. Read More
Addiction and Art contest
Art can be a powerful expression of emotion around the theme of drugs and addiction. Read More
social media icons
Host a [Twitter chat, Facebook Live, etc.] to share scientific facts and SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Read More
I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because
Join NDAFW by sharing why you want to SHATTER THE MYTHS! Read More
I Resolve...
It’s the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions! Read More
Lunch n’ Learns
Learning while you eat is definitely more fun! Read More
Organize a massive sculpture exhibit at your school, or challenge other schools to enter this contest. Read More
Organize a meme challenge at your school. Read More
Educate players about certain topics and facts surrounding drug and alcohol use. Read More
Peer-to-Peer Counseling
Sometimes the best people to explain facts to teens are teens themselves. Read More
Poster Campaign
Paint the town in drug fact posters! Read More
Art Contest or Poster Campaign
Create artwork to show what you’ve learned about prescription drug misuse. Read More


Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Write a radio public service announcement about teen prescription drug misuse. 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
Remembering Celebrities
By understanding that drug misuse can extinguish talent, youth, and life, we can grasp the effects... Read More
Facebook Scavenger Hunt
Scatter clues around your school or community. Read More


School Assembly
There are many inspirational people in your community working with people recovering from drug misuse. Read More
Sidewalk Art
Hold a contest for teen artists. Read More
Social Media
Social media is the best way for getting information out fast, so let’s help spread the news about... Read More
Songwriters Competition
Use your musical talent to spread the word about drugs and drug misuse. Read More


Take it to the Streets
Volunteer at community events and hand out information regarding drugs and drug misuse. Read More
There's Snow Business like Show Business
Hey it’s getting cold outside! Time for an indoor karaoke or talent show. Read More
Trivia Night
Hold a trivia night at your school or community center. Read More
Wearing the Message
Get creative and develop your own messages and images to put on a t-shirt. Read More


Drugs: Shatter the Myths
Our free booklets are great resources for answering your questions. Read More

Need more ideas? Check out the Get Activity Ideas page, photos from past events on our Flickr page, and events on our View Events Map page.