NDAFW events, including National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, are great ways to engage students about drugs and 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 typically 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.
Drug Use Statistics and Trends
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
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.
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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.