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 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.
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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.
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.
NOTE: All resources are from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and available online only unless otherwise indicated.
- Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (can be ordered)
- DrugFacts for Adults: Marijuana
- DrugFacts for Teens: Marijuana
- DrugFacts: Marijuana as Medicine
- Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know (can be ordered)
- Marijuana: Facts for Teens (can be ordered)
- Marijuana Research Report
- Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Marijuana (can be ordered)
- Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain (can be ordered)
Multimedia and Interactive Resources
- Drugs & Health Blog (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens)
- Lesson Plan and Activity Finder Results: Marijuana (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teachers)
- Videos and Games (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens)
Materials, including booklets and educational posters, can be ordered directly from the NIDA clearinghouse in advance of your NDAFW event. To ensure materials arrive in time, please order them no later than 2 weeks prior to your event or activity.
Promoting your young adult focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® has never been easier! NIDA’s Promote with Online Toolkit section has everything you need to generate buzz for your event. And for help planning your event, visit NIDA’s 5 Steps to Hosting an NDAFW Event and the Get Activity Ideas & Toolkits page. NDAFW 2021 will be March 22-28.
Find an Expert: If you choose to have a alcohol expert at your event or promotional activity, use these tips for finding the right person: Adult Advisors and Sponsors for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.
HHS Syndication Storefront
Select NIDA content is available for you to use on your own site. Through HHS Syndication Storefront, you may promote this high quality content on your website and it will take on the look and feel of your site. This syndicated content will also update content in real time, leaving you free from having to perform manual updates.