Learn About NDAFW

What is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®?

Take a quick look at what you need to do to get ready for your NDAFW event! National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® promotional video, introduced by NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director, Dr. George Koob.

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 of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner 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 with the scientific facts about drugs and alcohol.

Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day: This annual live online chat held between high school students and NIDA scientists, during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, gives students from around the country the opportunity to 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, 78KB)

How can I host an NDAFW event?

Thinkfirst holds a NDAFW event

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:

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How do I learn about upcoming or past NDAFW events in my area or around the country?

Guide Inc holds a NDAFW event.

How do I connect with other NDAFW event holders?

High school NDAFW event.

How can I use social media to promote my NDAFW event?

School children at a NDAFW event.

Tweet, blog, or update your Facebook status to help spread the word about your NDAFW event. Share information with your family and friends that will SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drug abuse. Go to the Promote With Online Toolkit page for suggestions on how to create your messages.

If you tweet about NDAFW, be sure to use our hashtag #drugfacts.

What if my event is not being held during NDAFW?

Two kids holding Shatter the Myths pledge cards.

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 drugfacts@nida.nih.gov with information about your event, the dates, and any questions you may have.

What if my NDAFW event is not showing up on the Events Map?

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 drugfacts@nida.nih.gov.

How do I send event photos and videos for posting on the NDAFW website?

Students at WLHS in Oregon participating in a NDAFW event.

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.

Please email your release forms, photos, and videos to drugfacts@nida.nih.gov, and we will post them to our Flickr page.

What is the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest?

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.

See Teens Make Music Contest for contest rules and instructions.

The contest is now open.

Submission deadline: December 15, 2018

Check out 2017's winners!

To see winners from years past, check out the songs.

How can I help support NDAFW but not host an event?

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.

What is the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge?

IQ Challenge

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.

What is Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day and how can I participate?

Chat Day logo

National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day is an annual live online chat held between high school students and NIDA scientists during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

To learn more, check out the Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day page.


Who are the Federal Partners for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®?

Community holds a NDAFW event.

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:

Do You Want To Partner With Us?

Help promote NDAFW by adding our logo, widget, or one of our badges to your site and we will add your site to this page.

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