Monday, January 23 through Sunday, January 29, 2017 is National Alcohol Facts Week. The National Institute on Drug Abuse or NIDA believes when teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they are better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.
The National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week provides an opportunity to link students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. The effort was launched by scientists at NIDA in 2010.
As recently as last month according to NIDA, statistics showed that nationally, more than five percent of high school seniors misuse prescription drugs; more than 20 percent smoke marijuana; and at least 35 percent reported using alcohol. Not surprisingly, many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers posed when driving under the influence.
To learn more about the initiative visit teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drugalcohol-facts-week; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (301) 443-1124.