This annual health observance week was started in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Because many teenagers don’t know as much about drugs as they may think, as well as the fact that there are several myths about addiction constantly circulated, this week is focused on education.
Drug abuse is a downward spiral and, unfortunately, teenagers are a vulnerable group. Along with peer pressure, there is also some curiosity surrounding these substances. Combined with the misinformation or lack of information on drug abuse and addiction, many teenagers will misuse drugs without understanding all of the negative consequences. The goal of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is to educate teenagers on drug abuse and addiction with a heavy emphasis on the science and facts to “SHATTER THE MYTHS” surrounding them. The NIDA uses this week to promote addiction and drug education in community and school events. Some of these events include keynote speeches from experts in the field, while others offer more hands-on activities for the teens. Since its inception, the event has expanded to include a discussion on alcoholism and grown to include other countries around the world.1