• Brian Marquis, Public Liaison Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Rockville, MD


2017 marks the 7th annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), a health observance created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in partnership with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body, and behavior. From January 23-29, more than 2,000 educational events and activities will be held by high schools, colleges, community centers, prevention programs, juvenile justice and teen court services, and other organizations across the country to shatter these and other myths about drugs and addiction:

  • “Marijuana isn’t addictive.”
  • “Prescription drugs aren’t dangerous because we get them from doctors.”
  • “Using drugs that aren’t prescribed to you is legal and you can’t get in trouble from it.”
  • “Treatment doesn’t work.”

Join us on December 8 to learn how easy it is to participate in NDAFW and utilize NIDA’s free materials, such as the Drugs: Shatter the Myths booklet and the interactive National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge.

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