Letter to Teachers From the NIDA Director

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director

Dr. Nora D. Volkow,
NIDA Director

Dear Teacher,

NIDA's annual Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day is an extraordinary event that is a substantial learning opportunity for you and your students.

Each year during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, top scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse come together for a day-long live online chat to answer your students’ questions about drugs and their impact on the teen brain and body. We have seen thousands of students ask smart, heartfelt, and insightful questions to some of our Nation's experts about drugs, drug use, and its effects on the brain and body.

Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day is an ideal project for students to get the facts about drugs. We encourage students to ask what is truly on their mind, which is why the format is anonymous. In return, we pledge to provide the scientific facts, not lectures or judgment.

Whether you are registered to participate in the live chat, watching it online, or viewing the archived transcripts, this exercise of seeing real teens’ questions about drugs can be a powerful way to help your students gain the knowledge required to make smart and healthy decisions.

Thank you for your dedication to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drug abuse!


Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse