National Drug Facts Week

Well, we made it through the holidays! If you’re still recovering and looking for a way to get back into routine, maybe jumping on the war against drugs will be a good way to get you kick started. National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is coming up at the end of January.

What is National Drug Facts Week?

NDFW will take place from January 28th to February 3rd.  Through community-based events, workshops, online videos, and television programs, NDFW will work to debunk myths about teen drug use. (source)

Getting Involved

There are numerous ways you can get involved with NDFW.  You can host or sponsor an event.  You can tweet about it using the hashtag #drugfacts2013 or become a social media partner, tweeting and updating your status about NDFW.  You can take the Nation Drugs IQ Challenge, which tests your knowledge of drug and drug use.  You can also join Chat Day on January 31st.

Use these many ways to educate yourself and others about teens and the negative effects drugs can have on them.

National-Drug-Facts-WeekSome Facts about Drug Use

Because we are gearing up for National Drug Facts Week, we thought it’d be a perfect time to leave you with some drug facts to get your mind on the subject, courtesy of DoSomething.org:

  1. Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.
  2. Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6–33. About 45% of these fatalities are alcohol-related crashes.
  3. More than 60% of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school.
  4. Crystal meth has become the most dangerous drug problem of small town America. Kids between 12 and 14 that live in smaller towns are 104% more likely to use meth than those who live in larger cities.
  5. Youth who drink alcohol are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink alcohol.

Don’t Forget…

It’s easy to forget things, even after a whirlwind holiday season.  Don’t forget about National Drug Fact Week.  It’s going to be very important for your teens. If you’d like to take drug week a step further, be an advocate for drug testing. It’s often the first step in adding accountability and getting help.

Photo Credit: DoSomething.org

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