NDAFW Teaching Guide
NDAFW events, including National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, are great ways to engage students about drug abuse. If you want to prep students before NDAFW, check out the resources below.
Participating in Chat Day? To view the chat live or to participate if your class is registered, computers must have Internet access. You can also use past Chat Day transcripts as part of a drug facts lesson. Transcripts are posted within 2 weeks after the live chat.
The following information can help you and your students prepare for NDAFW and National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day.
Every year, three major federally funded surveys measure drug abuse trends among America’s youth. Reviewing recent data may help your students to ask NIDA’s experts informed questions about use and prevalence. See more infographics showing the latest trends in teen drug use.
NIDA's "Monitoring the Future" Study: The Latest Trends in Drug Use Among High School Students
NIH’s 2015 Monitoring the Future survey shows long term decline in illicit drug use, prescription opioid abuse, cigarette and alcohol use among the nation’s youth.
This annual survey studies the extent of drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. It is released the same year that the data are collected, so findings are current.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's NSDUH reports the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse among the U.S. population, ages 12 and older.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.
NIDA provides Drug Facts pages that are written specifically for teens. Reviewing them will help teens get basic information about drugs of abuse and may help them form more in-depth questions during NDAFW events or Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day. For the complete list, visit NIDA’s Teen Drug Facts page.
Created for classroom use year round, these materials will help to engage and inform students as they embark on a journey to get the facts about drugs and drug abuse.
If students are unsure about what to ask during NDAFW events or Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, here are a few sample questions to get them thinking:
- Are drugs on the street today more dangerous than they were 20 years ago?
- What is the difference between cocaine and crack?
Drug Effects on the Brain and Body
- Why do people use medical marijuana?
- What happens in the body when a person overdoses?
Helping Friends or Family
- How do I know if a friend is in trouble with drugs?
- How can I tell if someone is using drugs?
Drug Abuse Treatment
- What is drug abuse treatment?
- Why do celebrities go back to rehab again and again?
Drug Effects on Behaviors
- Does marijuana make people more likely to drop out of school?
- What drugs cause the most car accidents?