National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

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What is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®?
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, or NDAFW, is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

Take a quick look at what you need to do to get ready for your NDAFW event! National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® promotional video, introduced by NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director, Dr. George Koob.

What happens during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®?
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is an opportunity for teens to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and drug use. Teens, scientists and other experts come together to discuss how drugs affect the brain, body, and behaviors, in community and school events all over America.

How can I plan an event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®?
Check out the National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® website for more information. NIDA offers free resources with suggestions on how to plan events, how to find experts who can participate, and how to connect with NIDA staffers who can help. The site also tells you how to register your event, and how to get free materials for teens, including the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz.

For more information on National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® visit the website, email us at, or call 301-­443-­1124.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® design mark, and associated trade dress are registered trademarks of HHS. SHATTER THE MYTHS® is a trademark and service mark of HHS.