It’s that time of year again! 🤗🗓️
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have come together, to coordinate the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW®)!
Next week, from March 20th – 26th, is the perfect time for parents, teachers, guardians, coaches, and all adults alike to focus on actively sharing information and educating our teens about the FACTS that debunk common myths relating to underage drinking and drug use. During this annual week-long observance, we make the effort to educate teens about the harmful effects drugs and alcohol may have on the developing brain, body, and behavior in addition to promoting positive mental health! To get involved, NIDA has a variety of activities to choose from:
- Join NIDA in Crafting #MyWhyNDAFW Short Videos. In this activity, youth are encouraged to share their why or motivation for preventing drug use and supporting positive mental health.
- Explore the Nurturing My Mental & Emotional Health and Stressed Out? activities to help students find strategies to cope with stress and support their mental health.
- Share the Is This Legit? Accessing Valid and Reliable Health Information activity to help students in grades nine through 12 learn to access valid and reliable health information.
- Start a conversation using answers to teens’ 10 frequently asked questions about drugs and health.
- Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz. This Kahoot! quiz can be taken with a class or encourage youth to play individually.
- AND MORE!
If any of this doesn’t inspire you enough, there is the opportunity to organize and register your own NDAFW® event with these activities and any you may come up with on your own! For more information on organizing and registering a NDAFW® event, click the link below!
No matter how you do it… find a teen, educate them, and prevent youth substance abuse!