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National Drug Facts Week: Experts Educate Teens About Drugs And Alcohol

Update Date: Jan 25, 2017 09:10 AM EST

The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Weeks bring scientists and experts together to share the realities and clarify myths about drugs and alcohol use.  The campaign has been scheduled to run from Monday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 29.

The program was launched by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2010. It aims to stimulate educational events in school and communities about drug abuse and addiction.

In 2016, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism partnered with NIDA to help students become more aware about scientific facts of using drugs and alcohol, how it leads to addiction, and alcoholism.

Daily Light reported the Drug Prevention Resources, Inc., an organization solely dedicated to prevent substance abuse among teenagers have collaborated with Ennis High School. The group is delivering an innovative strategy using evidence that will empower youth, families and communities. They had more help from Impact Ennis and other local experts the Texas State Troopers and Donna Knight.

Some students may have misconceptions about drugs and alcohol from information they have gathered from the internet, social media, TV and friends.

Alcohol and marijuana have been quite popular among students in middle school and high school. An Indiana Prevention Resource Center survey in 2016 revealed high school seniors rate the highest in using drugs compared to the younger students.

Teens use drugs to escape their personal problems. NIDA hopes to shatter this myth with the facts week. They have scheduled an online chat with scientists on Thursday. This will allow students to ask questions about drugs and alcohol.

According to Journal Review, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the drug abuse institute said "The observance continues to grow year after year, showing that teens are really responding to opportunities to learn about drugs and alcohol from non-judgmental, scientific sources."

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