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NIDA. (2013, January 3). Get Involved and Help Shatter the Myths About Drug Abuse. Retrieved from

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Sara Bellum
January 3 2013
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It’s the final countdown to National Drug Facts Week—January 28 through February 3, 2013! National Drug Facts Week, organized by NIDA, is a week of raising awareness in which schools and communities across the country host events and activities that empower teens to “shatter the myths” about drug abuse and addiction.

If you’re a student leader or already working to prevent drug abuse as part of an organization like SADD, National Drug Facts Week is a great way to stand out as a community champion in teen drug abuse prevention.

Getting involved is simple. Follow these 5 steps to plan and implement your event:

  • Brainstorm event ideas. Make sure the event or activity you select fits the size, interest, and strengths of your community.
  • Register your event. It’s easy! This will connect you with NIDA staff who can help direct you to FREE materials and other resources for your event.
  • Order FREE materials to distribute at your event.
  • Promote and publicize your event—this step is key to success!
  • Share pictures and stories about your event with NIDA. And don’t forget to thank everyone who participated!

Curious what events are already planned? Check out the National Drug Facts Week interactive map.

Do you have a great event idea to share? Comment and let us know how you plan to shatter the myths about teen drug abuse in your community.