National Drug Facts Week 2011 is Announced

The second annual National Drug Week for this year has been announced by federal agencies. This year’s National Drugs Facts Week runs from October 31st until November 6th. The purpose for NDFW is to inform teens of the myths about drugs and drugs abuse. This health observance week aims to educate teens on the dangers of drugs through community-based activities through the Internet, TV, and contests.

NDFW is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is a component of the National Institutes of Health.

NDFW also offers communities opportunities to host or sponsor their own events. Events can be sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, book clubs, and local hospitals. NIDA provides an online toolkit that advises teens and their sponsoring organizations on to how create an event, how to publicize it, how to find a scientific expert, and where to find scientific information on drugs. For more information on how to sponsor or host your own event click here.

NIDA will also support event holders by offering its popular teen booklet, “Drugs: Shatter the Myths”. The booklet is available for FREE too! A new portion of this year’s NDFW is the new online National Drug IQ Challenge. This challenge is a quiz that tests teens and adults on their knowledge of drugs.

Federal agencies supporting NDFW include:

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration

For more information on NDFW 2011 visit the NIDA website or email drugfacts@nida.nih.gov.

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