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Opioids & Other Prescription Drugs Event Toolkit

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

The misuse of opioids and other prescription drugs is a serious problem in the United States that has escalated in recent years to the level of public health crisis. Misuse includes use of a medication in ways or amounts other than intended by a doctor, by someone other than for whom it is prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes. New statistics from the 2018 NSDUH Survey show that over 17.8 million persons 12 and older have misused prescription drugs in the past year1.

1 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville (MD): SAMHSA; 2019. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-nsduh-detailed-tables. Accessed December 31, 2019.

 

Read More About Opioids & Other Prescription Drugs

According to NIDA’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, when asked how they obtained prescription opioids, a majority of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or they bought them from a friend or relative. These statistics are particularly worrisome as youth who misuse prescription medications are more likely to report use of other drugs.

The dramatic increase in overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers has led to concerted efforts to curb this crisis. Many resources are available that can help make a difference. If your community is interested in holding a prescription drug-focused event or promotional activity for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, we have materials to assist you in planning your event.

Federal Prescription Drug Resources

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

Publications

Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know publication cover
Opioids Facts For Teens publication cover

Other

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

Lesson Plan and Activity Finder

Additional Prescription Drug Resources

Activity Ideas

Classroom Activities

Become a CSI Agent
Who can sort out clues in the CSI: Web Adventures virtual game and solve the mystery first. Read More
¡BINGO PARA NDAFW!
El equipo de NDAFW se entusiasma con presentar un nuevo juego de Bingo que cualquier... Read More
Choose Your Path
Students watch NIDA's "Choose Your Path" interactive videos and vote for which "paths" to choose. Read More
 
A Listicle Tickle
Students use NIDA’s Drug Facts to create a list of 10 reasons why they should stay away from drugs. Read More
Graffiti wall
Students create a graffiti wall on poster paper with facts and myths about drugs and drug use. Read More
NDAFW BINGO!
Educate players about topics related to drug and alcohol use. Read More
 
Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Students write a radio PSA about the risks of teen drug use and share it with their class or the school. Read More
Remembering Celebrities
Teens present about the life of their favorite celebrity who passed away from drug use or overdose. Read More
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Teens create a 1-minute video about how drug use has affected their school, community, or someone they know. Read More
 
Songwriters Competition
Have a songwriting contest based on drug facts, and offer prizes for the most creative message. Read More
Get Involved
Have students write one or more government officials about drug-use issue. Read More
 

School-wide Activities

Addiction and Art contest
Hold an art contest for students around the theme of drugs and addiction. Read More
Chat Day logo
On NDAFW Chat Day, students ask NIDA scientists questions about drugs, drug use, or addiction. (Registration is required.) Read More
Drugs: Shatter the Myths
Use our free booklets to guide a student discussion on the facts about drugs and drug use. Read More
 
Trivia Night
Teams of students answer questions from NIDA’s free “Drug Facts Challenge!” game. Read More
Dancing
Students show off their dance moves while wearing t-shirts with drug facts displayed on them. Read More
Good Morning, School!
During school announcements over the PA system, school staff state a drug fact. Read more
 
Halftime Activities
Hold creative and fun sports halftime contests—supporting your school teams while sharing drug facts. Read More
I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because
Join NDAFW by sharing why you want to SHATTER THE MYTHS! Read More
Lunch n’ Learns
During lunch, teachers state a drug fact and a related question for students to discuss. Read More
 
Teens build a large sculpture to represent what drugs do to the brain. Read More
Meme
Students create memes using messages from the free booklet,  Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS. Read More
Peer-to-Peer Counseling
Older students meet with younger ones, explain the dangers of drug use, and coach them on how to avoid drugs. Read More
 
Rap Slam Poetry Slam
Teens write and present rap lyrics or poetry about the risks of drug use. Read More
Facebook Scavenger Hunt
Students search for clues around their school or community. They get a tip on how to find the next clue for correct answers on drug use. Read More
School Assembly
Hold an assembly where students hear directly from someone who has survived the disease of addiction. Read More
 
Sidewalk Art
Teens use chalk to write one drug Q&A from, Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS on a sidewalk, with an artistic design representing the question. Read More
Social Media
Share your NDAFW event on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or other social platforms. Read More
There's Snow Business like Show Business
Hold a talent show where teens can perform; the audience answers questions from the Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Read More
 
Wearing the Message
Students develop messages—or use NIDA’s free downloadable images—and put them on t-shirts. Read More
 

Activities in the Community

Bake goods
Host a bake sale to help raise money for your school or club; hand out drug facts to spread the word about the dangers of drug use. Read More
Illustration of a bike race
Organize a local bike party, and use our free logos to create t-shirts/stickers for the event. Read More
Candlelight Vigil
Hold a gathering to remember local people who have been lost to drug use. Read More
 
Concert with Local Bands
Team up with a local band, create posters or use free posters from NIDA, and hand out the booklet, Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS. Read More
Drug Awareness 5K
Organize a running or walking group and, at each mile, have people holding up signs with drug facts on them. Read More
Local Radio Call In Show
Ask local TV/radio news shows to mention drug facts during the week of NDAFW to help spread the word to prevent teen drug use. Read More
 
Poster Campaign
Young people create illustrations to showcase  the risks of drug use. You could display their art in the community. Read More
social media icons
Host a Twitter chat, Facebook Live discussion, or other online event to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Read More
Take it to the Streets
Teens take part in community events and hand out information about the risks of drug use. 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.