National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, aimed at teenagers, starts October 2. The goal of the week is to dispel myths about drug and alcohol use. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control, two-thirds of U.S. students have tried alcohol by 12th grade. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week attempts to inform teens about the impact and risk of substance abuse.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week timeline
Overdoses reached a record high
Overdoses were the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 50.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week launched
Scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse launched the week "to educate teens and organize events related to drug use and addiction."
NIDA launches informational campaigns
They're aimed at keeping teens and parents informed about drug and alcohol abuse. They're titled "NIDA Goes Back to School" and "NIDA for Teens."
The National Institute on Drug Abuse was established
It's for research, treatment, prevention, training, services, and data collection on the nature and extent of drug abuse.
How to Observe National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
Organize or attend an event
Consider bringing National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week to your community. The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers free online guides to help you kickstart and host your own event.
Use #ndafw to post facts about drug and alcohol abuse or advertise your community's event.
Take a Drug IQ test
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is about spreading the truth and cutting down on misinformation. But how much do you really know?
5 Signs Of Teen Drug Abuse
Changes in behavior
This can include anything from bad grades to lack of respect to poor eye contact. Take note of what is different in your teen and ask yourself if their behavior is unusual.
Drugs can have a heavy impact on your teen — from trouble concentrating to memory issues to seemingly random laughter.
Drug use often coincides with health issues. If your teen is experiencing appetite changes, shakiness, excessive headaches, or frequent illness — take note.
Poorer than average appearance (from bad hygiene to bloodshot eyes) could be a sign. Also, look for burn marks on fingers or lips.
You may notice drug paraphernalia, missing cash, or valuables. This could be a clear indication of drug use.
Why National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is Important
It's aimed at young people
This week is especially important because it addresses drug use in teens. This age group is very susceptible to making impulsive decisions. It is important that they know the facts.
The goal of the week is to stop the spread of misinformation. This not only helps teens, but community leaders, teachers, and parents.
It's community driven
During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, schools and community groups organize events to bring teens and adults together.