Shatter the Myths During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

with Brian Marquis

About This Course

Get an inside look at the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s signature educational event, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Learn how you can join in this nationwide health observance by sharing science-based facts about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain, body, and behavior on your campus.

Many young people are unaware of the serious risks drugs and alcohol pose to their health, to their success in school, and to their future. According to recently-released data from NIDA’s Monitoring the Future survey, daily marijuana use is at the highest it’s been since the early 80s for college-age young adults. Rates of heavy alcohol use are higher among college students than non-college peers. The question is: how can we effectively educate this generation of young people about drug and alcohol misuse?

One way is for college and university staff and students to work together on awareness events that will provide young adults with fact-based information about drug and alcohol use to help them make informed decisions. Connect students on your campus with scientific information about drugs and alcohol during the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). NDAFW is a national health observance designed to equip educational institutions and communities with the materials and tools they need to shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, now in its eighth year, will be held from January 22—27, 2019.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this session will be able to:

  • understand the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s work to study the science of addiction;
  • explain the National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week annual health observance and illustrate how to participate; and
  • recall how to access NIDA’s printed and online educational resources.

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