National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-‐based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.
Why Celebrate National Drug Facts Week?
About a third of high school seniors report using illicit drugs sometime in the past year, and more than ten percent report non medical use of a narcotic painkiller. More than 20 percent of high school seniors report smoking marijuana in the past month. While drugs can put a teenager's health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.
Check back all this week as we shatter the myths about drug abuse.