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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects teens with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol.

There are countless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, and teachers can do that don’t involve leaving the house. Here’s a list of our favorites: 

  • Playing the new Kahoot! games with an online class or encouraging students to play the games individually. 
  • Taking the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz available in English and Spanish that can be used on mobile devices. More than 200,000 people took the IQ Challenge last year.
  • Sharing the facts on social media. Tweet, snap, or post. Social media platforms can be powerful tools to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Use the new “Not everyone’s doing it” social media cards and hand-held placards.
  • Participating in the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction, marijuana, vaping, and more.  
  • New Mind Matters Series promo

    Taking advantage of the free, science-based resources to use in classrooms and communities, or at home. These include toolkits and activity ideas on various topics; science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps teachers explain to students the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.

  • NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time. This toolkit offers science-based activities and resources on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time (OST). The OST setting—before and after school, in the summer, or any time teens attend a supervised program outside of the typical school time—offers a unique opportunity for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

Additional FREE resources:

  • The p2P Lab, funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/NIH, focuses on the use of “play,” in the form of videogame play, for the purposes of health promotion, risk reduction, social good, and educational interventions: https://www.play2prevent.org/
  • The play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, funded by the NIH, the FDA, and the CVS Health Foundation, was created to advance a shared mission to prevent smoking and vaping in youth through the videogame smokeSCREEN: https://www.smokescreengame.org/

NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include this release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA:

Interested in a topic-specific event?
NIDA also has several toolkits for events that are specific to the following themes:

We also have a general NDAFW toolkit available in Spanish.

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NEW: "Not Everyone Is Doing It" Placards (PDF, 19MB)

During NDAFW, youth have the opportunity to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. One of the biggest myths related to drugs and alcohol is the notion that, “everyone is doing it.” According to the latest data from the Monitoring the Future Survey, we know that’s just not true for teens. Use the “Not Everyone Is Doing It” Placards to help spread this message for a variety of drug- and alcohol-related topics.

Download and print the placards (PDF, 19MB). Encourage students to hold the placards (either individually or as a group) and take photos or videos to share positive messages about healthy behaviors with other young people. 

NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include this release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA:

Activity Ideas

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Check out some of the activities below for ideas and for help with planning your National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® event or promotional activity.

NOTE: Be sure to read our privacy notice out loud to the audience before your event. Also, NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include the “SHATTER THE MYTHS” Photo and Video Request (PDF, 3MB) release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA.

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