Jan 26, 2015
By: Sara Crocoll, MPH, CPH, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
American teens are bombarded with false information about drugs of abuse---from the Web, the media, the entertainment industry and from friends. To shatter some of these myths, HHS scientists and other experts in communities around the country get together with teens during National Drug Facts Week to offer science-based facts about drugs. This year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is hosting the fifth annual National Drug Facts Week, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. This week-long health observance provides opportunities for teenagers to ask scientists and experts questions they most want answered about drugs and drug use, including the effects of specific drugs on the body, brain and behavior. All 50 states will be hosting National Drug Facts Week community events in schools, community centers and local organizations, with nearly 1300 events currently scheduled.