National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
Written by Rebecca Jadwin
January 16, 2018: Shatter the Myths around Drugs and Alcohol
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. This is Federal National Health Observance.
Here in Genesee County we are joining nearly 2000 other organizations across the country in hosting a National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Event! We will be hosting a table at the U of M Flint Health and Fit Fair Thursday, January 25th 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to promote NDAFW and help to Shatter the Myths around Drugs and Alcohol.
For more information on our event and the week as a whole please visit their website at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/view-events-and-highlights/map
Teens are bombarded with conflicting messages that can leave them feeling confused and unsure of who to ask for information about drug use. With 9.2% of Genesee County 11th graders reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past 30 days and 25.6% reporting use of marijuana in the past 30 days, there is no better time than now to help teens understand the serious consequences of drug and alcohol use (data is from the Genesee MiPHY 2015-2016).
We hope that you will promote this important Federal National Health Observance and consider joining us at the U of M Flint Health and Fit Fair Thursday, January 25th 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.