Help Teens Shatter Myths About Drugs and Drug Abuse
Many teens are not aware of the serious risks drugs and alcohol pose to their health, success in school and future. What can communities do to effectively educate teens about the risks of drug abuse? One way is for school staff, parents, and students to work together to get the truth out.
During this year’s 5th annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) to be held January 26, February 1, 2015 The National Institute on Drug Abuse has created an opportunity to arm communities with the materials and tools they need to counteract the myths about drug abuse. Science teachers, health teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, drug prevention programs, and community support programs will use science-based information, available free from NIDA, in their curriculum, school assemblies, PTA meetings, and evening workshops.
Close to 1,000 events are planned this year to focus on communicating with teens about drug use and its consequences. Some examples include:
- Addiction-themed art contests
- Trivia nights
- School assemblies
- Panel discussions
- Government proclamations
Using ideas and resources provided by NIDA, there is a way for everyone to learn the facts and address the consequences and help shatter myths about drug abuse during National Drug Facts Week and beyond.
Mr. Marquis is the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Public Liaison Officer and connects with organizations across the country to create collaborative opportunities year round with the help of NIDA publications and websites. Prior to joining NIDA, Mr. Marquis worked at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publications Clearinghouse and as a contractor at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has a B.S.in Health Education and Family Studies from University of Maryland, College Park.