National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects youth with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs, alcohol, and related health topics.
There are countless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, and teachers can do that don’t involve leaving the house. Here’s a list of our favorites:
- Craft #MyWhyNDAFW Videos. Share your unique voice in the conversation around drug use prevention and positive mental health.
- Explore the Nurturing My Mental & Emotional Health and Stressed Out activities to help students find strategies to cope with stress and support their mental health.
- Play this new kahoot to help youth understand how acute stress affects their bodies, how it differs from the more dangerous constant (or chronic) stress, and learn strategies to support their mental and emotional health.
- Share the Is This Legit? Accessing Valid and Reliable Health Information activity to help students in grades 9 through 12 learn to access valid and reliable health information.
- Start a conversation using answers to teens’ 10 frequently asked questions about drugs and health.
- View videos and explore the activities and discussion questions in the NIDA Scientist Virtual Q&A Videos: Teacher’s Guide.
- Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz. Take the Kahoot! quiz with a class or encourage youth to play individually.
- Share why you adopt healthy behaviors for mind and body using this #MyWhyNDAFW sign.
- Use free, science-based resources in classrooms and communities, or at home. These include activity ideas (below) on various topics; science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps teachers explain to students the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.