It’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week!

21 Mar
Drug Free America Foundation is proud to partner with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) taking place today, Monday March 21st and going through Sunday, March 27th. All week, we aim to educate youth about the science of drug use and addiction to empower them with knowledge so they can make healthy choices and SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol that youth receive from social media, television, music, movies, friends, and other sources. Please join us on social media to share drug facts, videos, resources, and more using the following hashtag: #NDAFW.
Incorporate One Choice
NDAFW is about encouraging dialogue around the science of addiction and substance use among youth and the Institute for Behavior and Health’s One Choice prevention message is data-driven and youth-led. Incorporating the One Choice resources into NDAFW is a powerful combo! The One Choice prevention message is: No use of any alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs by youth under age 21 for reasons of health. One Choice is centered on health based on three key facts:
  • The developing brain is uniquely vulnerable to substance use
  • For teens, all substance use is related
  • More than ever, young people are making One Choice
Get the free toolkit including social media graphics and One Choice facts here and use the hashtag, #OneChoice in social media posts.
NIDA is seeking youth to share their why or motivation for preventing drug use or why they choose not to use drugs by:
Calling on Youth to Create #MyWhyNDAFW Videos
Encourage youth to share their authentic voice and creativity by developing a short video on their why and post to social media including the hashtags, #MyWhyNDAFW and #NDAFW.
Share the #MyWhyNDAFW sign on social media
Encourage youth to share why they make healthy choices for their mind and body by completing the #MyWhyNDAFW and share on social media using the hashtag, #MyWhyNDAFW.
Additional Activities and Resources
Drugs: Shatter The Myths
Animated video includes engaging images that answers teens FAQ with scientific facts.
Show youth figures such as this MTF graph that highlights how teen drug use is not common.
Age Matters
Narrated and developed by a teen, this video explains why it’s important to protect the brain.
Great activities to promote mindfulness and healthy behaviors for youth to cope with stress.
Engage with youth about stress and strategies to support their mental health with this new Kahoot!
Have a family game night with this Jeopardy style game by NIDA.
Test a teen’s knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz.
Empower youth with health literacy skills to aid in healthy decision making and reject misinformation.
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