National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) was inaugurated in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to encourage educational events in countrywide communities to educate teens about what science has learned regarding drug abuse and addiction. It is now an annual event, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) became a partner in 2016. Both NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. They work with leading organizations, media outlets and other government agencies to spread the word about NDAFW.
The purpose of NDAFW is to sponsor locally planned meetings in schools and community locations, where teens can ask questions and receive information about the scientific facts regarding the effects of drug and alcohol use.Online registration is currently open to participate in Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day, which takes place on January 26, 2016 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST. During the live online chat between scientists and high school students from around the country, students ask questions about drug and alcohol abuse, discover how to help friends or family members who may be abusing drugs, and learn the causes of addiction.
In order to host an NDAFW event, organizers must be 18 or older and be linked to an organization that educates teens about healthy living. Hosting teens must partner with an adult meeting the same criteria, parents included. Teens can use social media to promote events.
NDAFW events have been held at middle and high schools, local nonprofit organizations or other community based groups, state or local health departments, PTAs, faith-based organizations, after-school clubs, and more.
NIDA offers resources to help plan and promote events and secure science information. Information can be found at email@example.com. NIDA helps people:
- Plan their event with a step-by-step guide
- Offers teaching guide resources to help students learn about drugs and drug abuse
- Promote their event with an online toolkit
- Order free materials to obtain science information for the event
- See what’s new and stay up-to-date
The toolkits provide information on alcohol, tobacco, new psychoactive substances (synthetic drugs), marijuana and prescription drugs. Materials are also available in Spanish. NDAFW will be held January 25-31, 2016. All information related to NDAFW visit is available on the drug abuse and addiction.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,incorporating 27 institutes and centers. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic clinical and translational medical research and is investigating the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases.
Sovereign Health of California treats patients with substance abuse disorders and encourages family members to participate, both to educate them and allow them to provide support and encouragement post-treatment to maintain sobriety. For more information, contact us online or call our 24/7 helpline.
Written by Veronica McNamara, Sovereign Health Group writer