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 on 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.
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®, givesstudents 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®.
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; virtually; at home; and more!
NIDA offers a host of resources to help you plan, promote, and secure the science for your NDAFW event:
How can I use social media to promote my 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 drugs and drug use. 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
How do I send event photos and videos for posting on the NDAFW website?
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.
During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® and year round, teens can test their knowledge about drugs, alcohol, and drug use 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 or printed for individual use.
What is Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day and how can I participate?
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®.