National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week celebrates 10 years

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week celebrates 10 years

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) will mark its 10th year Monday through April 5.

This year’s tagline is “SHATTER THE MYTHS” about substance use and addiction.

NDAFW is a joint initiative of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The week is celebrated through live and online activities presenting science-based facts about drugs and alcohol.

This year, many events will be canceled, rescheduled, or held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Teens can make good choices if they understand how substance use affects their developing brains,” NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow said. “For 10 years, NIDA has been working with communities nationwide and around the world to provide young people with the critical information they need to improve their health and avoid the potentially devastating effects of drug addiction.”

NIDA’s virtual activities include sharing the facts on social media; the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction; Kahoot! games with an online class or individually; the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge, which tests knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz; and science-based resources.