What is National Drug Facts Week?

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance for teens that aims to shatter their myths about drugs and drug abuse. NDFW 2014 will be held from January 27th to February 2nd. Through community-based educational events and activities, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about the harmful effects and consequences of drug use on their brain, body, and behavior. Download the NDFW Info Sheet (PDF, 204KB)!

How do I Participate in National Drug Facts Week?

  • Host or Sponsor a NDFW Event!
    Register to organize an educational event or activity that brings the scientific facts about addiction directly to teens.  The NDFW toolkit will show you how - with step-by-step suggestions on planning and promoting events.  After registering your event, utilize the free NIDA resources such as the "Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths" booklet that you can distribute to every teen attending your event!  This booklet provides answers to teens' most frequently asked questions about drugs.
  • Help Spread the Word About NDFW!
    Tweet, blog, or update your Facebook status to help spread the word about NDFW. You can find sample social media language on the NDFW Social Media Partner page. Remember to include our hashtag #drugfacts. You can also post the NDFW countdown widget or badges to your website to show your commitment to helping shatter the myths about drug abuse.
  • Take the National Drug IQ Challenge!
    During National Drug Facts Week and year round test teens’ knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug IQ Challenge quiz.
  • Join in CHAT DAY 2014 on Tuesday, January 28, 2014!
    Teens can ask any question to scientific experts during this virtual chat that attracts hundreds of students asking thousands of questions from around the country. Space is limited so register now.

Who are NIDA's Partners for National Drug Facts Week?

NIDA's Partners in spreading the word about NDFW include federal, state, and local agencies, as well as youth leadership organizations like Students Against Destructive Decisions, National 4-H Council, SparkAction, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. There's a way for everyone to learn the facts and shatter the myths about drug abuse during National Drug Facts Week!

For more information, visit NIDA's Drug Facts Week site and FindYouthInfo's Substance Abuse Youth Topic page.