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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

10 years of advancing addiction science.

NDAFW will be held Monday, March 30 - Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Register for NDAFW

Based on guidance by NIH regarding COVID-19, the CHAT DAY scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 has been cancelled.  Please stay tuned - we will connect with all registrants about the next CHAT DAY opportunity. The NIDA CHAT DAY team thanks you for your enthusiasm and interest. Please note that transcripts from past CHAT DAYS are always available online on our teen site, where students can search various drug and alcohol topics; view the results of student polls; take the interactive National Drug IQ Challenge, and read other science-based information about substance use.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects teens with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol.

How can I still participate in NDAFW if my school or organization is closed or operating remotely?

In lieu of in-person events and activities, NIDA encourages virtual participation. There are countless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, and teachers can do that don’t involve leaving the house. Here’s a list of our favorites: 

  • Playing the new Kahoot! games with an online class or encouraging students to play the games individually. 
  • Taking the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz available in English and Spanish that can be used on mobile devices. More than 200,000 people took the IQ Challenge last year.
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    Sharing the facts on social media. Tweet, snap, or post. Social media platforms can be powerful tools to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Use the new “Not everyone’s doing it” social media cards and hand-held placards.

  • Participating in the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction, marijuana, vaping, and more.  
  • Join the NDAFW Tweetstorm on Monday, March 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. Help us get #NDAFW to trend on Twitter by sharing messages about drugs and alcohol during the planned hour.
  • On Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m. EDT, NIDA will host a Twitter Trivia Challenge in collaboration with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Anyone can test their knowledge by following the hashtag #NDAFW and answering multiple-choice questions about drugs and alcohol.
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    Taking advantage of the free, science-based resources to use in classrooms and communities, or at home. These include toolkits and activity ideas on various topics; science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps teachers explain to students the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.

  • NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time. This toolkit offers science-based activities and resources on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time (OST). The OST setting—before and after school, in the summer, or any time teens attend a supervised program outside of the typical school time—offers a unique opportunity for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include this release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA: