Step 2: Plan Your NDAFW Event

Hundreds of Texas Middle, High School and College Students learned the facts about drugs and alcohol at an interactive signature event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
  • Choose Your Topic. Your NDAFW event can focus on a specific substance or address substance use in general. NIDA has several toolkits for events and promotional activities that are specific to the following themes: 
    • Specific drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana, MDMA, opioids and other prescription drugs, tobacco, nicotine, & vaping (e-cigarettes), new psychoactive substances (synthetics).
    • Specific populations, such as college-aged and young adults and teens in the juvenile justice system.
    • Other topics, such as drugged driving and a video toolkit, which includes a teen-friendly video showing parts of the brain and their functions. We also have a general NDAFW toolkit available in Spanish.
  • Choose a Location. The type of event you host may determine the location. An NDAFW event or activity can be hosted any place in your community where teens are, such as:
    • Schools, afterschool programs, community/recreation centers, or places of worship.
    • Donated space from theaters or other privately held meeting spaces.
    • Space available through your state or local health department.
    • Social media.
    • Virtual activities can be held at home.
  • Get permission to hold the event. 
    • School events. Check with the principal and any other administrator well in advance of the event.
    • Local community events. Be sure to check with the location’s leadership and see if there are permission forms or other requirements you need to complete. Be sure to ask who your point of contact is to make sure everything runs smoothly.
  • Determine what type of activities will work best for your space and your audience. Work with your team to create an event that works best for your school or community.
  • Include the Privacy and Confidentiality for Event Attendees Statement.

EVENT TIP: Have a plan in place for appropriate intervention if a teen reveals a potentially harmful personal situation.