National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.
Events: Locally planned and hosted school and community events focus on providing teens the scientific facts about drugs and alcohol.
Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day: During this annual live online chat held between high school students and NIDA scientists, students from around the country ask the questions they most want answers to about drugs, alcohol, and drug use, including drug and alcohol effects, how to help friends or family that are abusing drugs, and what causes addiction. Our expert scientists give them the facts.
Partnerships: NIDA and NIAAA works with leading organizations, media outlets, and other Government agencies to spread the word about NDAFW and SHATTER THE MYTHS®.
For more information: Download the NDAFW Info Sheet (PDF format, 221KB)
NDAFW event organizers must be 18 years or older and have ties to an organization that educates teens about healthy living. Teens that are interested in hosting events must partner with an adult who meets this criterion (including your parents!).
EVENT TIP: Including teens in the planning and hosting of NDAFW events helps make them educational and fun. Teens are also particularly helpful in reaching out on social media and using technology to help promote NDAFW events.
NDAFW events have been held with a variety of organizations, including middle and high schools; local nonprofits or other community-based organizations; state or local health departments; PTAs; faith-based organizations; afterschool clubs; and more!
NIDA offers a host of resources to help you plan, promote, and secure the science for your NDAFW event:
- Plan Your Event with the help of our step-by-step guide.
- Use our Teaching Guide resources to help you and your students learn more about drugs and drug abuse.
- Promote With Online Toolkit to spread the word about your event.
- Order Free Materials to secure the science for your NDAFW event.
- See What’s New and Cool to stay up to date.
Additional Questions or Comments?
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would still like to hear about your event and support you in any way possible. While you won’t be able to Register Your Event, have it listed on the Events Map, or promote it as an NDAFW event, we welcome you to use NIDA’s free resources and materials. We are still here to answer any questions or offer advice. Please send an email to email@example.com with information about your event, the dates, and any questions you may have.
All approved events will be displayed on the Events Map within 2 weeks of submitting the registration form. If your event is not displayed within that time period, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to have each person featured in your photos and videos sign a Release Form. The form gives us permission to use their image on our website. If we don’t have release forms, we can’t post the items to our pages.
The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest offers a great opportunity for aspiring teen musicians to use the healing and uplifting medium of music to help spread the message about the importance of healthy choices and the dangers of drug abuse. The contest asks young musicians to create original music or music videos that celebrate healthy and inspirational living, or accurately depict the dark side of drug abuse.
To see winners from years past, check out the songs.
Please visit the Above the Influence for more information.
You can help us promote NDAFW by becoming a Partner with NIDA, by giving NDAFW a Shout Out on Social Media (tweet, blog, or update your Facebook status), and by using NDAFW Brochures and Posters to help spread the word about NDAFW.
During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® and year round, teens can test their knowledge about drugs, alcohol, and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz. A new challenge is posted annually during NDAFW.
EVENT TIP: The online quiz can be projected onto a screen during events or printed for individual use.
The Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day page has everything you need to know about NIDA’s annual live chat between students and scientists.
Check out the 2017 chat transcript.
NIDA and NIAAA have many federal, state and local partners working together to get the facts about drugs to teens in communities all over America. Partners include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the U.S. Department of Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration in the U.S. Department of Justice