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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects teens with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol.

There are countless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, and teachers can do that don’t involve leaving the house. Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • Playing thenew Kahoot! games with an online class or encouraging students to play the games individually.
  • Taking the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz available in English and Spanish that can be used on mobile devices. More than 200,000 people took the IQ Challenge last year.
  • Sharing the facts onsocial media. Tweet, snap, or post. Social media platforms can be powerful tools to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Use the new “Not everyone’s doing it” social media cards and hand-held placards.
  • Participating in the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction, marijuana, vaping, and more.
  • Taking advantage of the free, science-based resources to use in classrooms and communities, or at home. These include toolkits and activity ideas on various topics; science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps teachers explain to students the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.
  • NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time. This toolkit offers science-based activities and resources on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time (OST). The OST setting—before and after school, in the summer, or any time teens attend a supervised program outside of the typical school time—offers a unique opportunity for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include this release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA:

Interested in a topic-specific event?
NIDA also has several toolkits for events that are specific to the following themes:

NEW: “Not Everyone Is Doing It” Placards (PDF, 19MB)

During NDAFW, youth have the opportunity to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. One of the biggest myths related to drugs and alcohol is the notion that, “everyone is doing it.” According to the latest data from the Monitoring the Future Survey, we know that’s just not true for teens. Use the “Not Everyone Is Doing It” Placards to help spread this message for a variety of drug- and alcohol-related topics.

Download and print the placards (PDF, 19MB). Encourage students to hold the placards (either individually or as a group) and take photos or videos to share positive messages about healthy behaviors with other young people.

NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include this release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA:

Activity Ideas

Check out some of the activities below for ideas and for help with planning your National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® event or promotional activity. It’s going to take some work—but if you can pull it off, your event is going to be awesome and it might just save some lives!

NOTE: Be sure to read our privacy notice out loud to the audience before your event. Also, NIDA would love to see your NDAFW images! Please include the “SHATTER THE MYTHS” Photo and Video Request (PDF, 3MB) release form with any photographs, audio files or videos that you share with NIDA.

Need more ideas? Check out the photos from past events on our Flickr and events on our View Events Map page. Register your own NDAFW event on our Registration page.

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