Government and other groups make efforts throughout the year to spread awareness about the dangers of drugs. However, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) puts a different spin on educating the public. It aims to teach by debunking myths about using drugs.
About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
As a health observance week, NDAFW is a week-long string of informative events for teens. It will occur Jan. 22-27, 2019. During these events, teens can connect with experts, including scientists. They aim to disprove the myths about substances that teens get from friends, online media and various forms of entertainment.
Scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) launched NDAFW in 2010. Their objective was to promote community events that teach teens about what science says about substance use disorder. Six years later, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) partnered with the NIDA. Both of these groups are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
However, NDAFW has other partners as well. For instance, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are partners.
Events, Chat Day and IQ Challenge
Since its launch, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week has grown. In 2018, it had over 2,100 events across all 50 states and 35 countries.
A variety of groups can hold the events, including community groups, hospitals, schools, and sports clubs. Also, many blogs and social media channels promote events. However, providing scientific facts about alcohol and drugs to teens is the main focus.
In addition to the local and planned events, over 50 NIH scientists will join Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day. During this chat, they’ll talk with high school students across the country. The students will have the chance to ask questions about drugs. They’ll learn about the effects of drugs, the causes of addiction and how to help loved ones who abuse drugs.
Students can join the conversation on January 24 from 8 AM to 6 PM EST. All of their questions will appear anonymously. Previously, students from over 50 schools asked over 10,000 questions.
During NDAFW, the NIAAA and NIDA will launch the new National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge too. This 12-question quiz has multiple choice questions and takes about 10 minutes. With English and Spanish options, teens can test what they know about alcohol and drugs. In 2018, over 32,000 people took the interactive quiz.
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