National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is an annual health observance week that connects people with resources to shatter the myths about drugs, alcohol, and related health topics.
This campaign links people with a pathway to wellness that can counteract the myths about alcohol and drug use that one attains from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, family, and friends. The campaign was originally launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so people can learn what science has taught us about substance use and addiction.
During this week we want to encourage people to:
- Engage in the NM 5-Actions self-guided roadmap to understanding and addressing addiction;
- Learn more about the effects of alcohol and drug use and misuse through the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI);
- Strive to understand what causes addiction through the National Institute of Health;
- Discuss how yourself, friends, and family that are using alcohol and drugs can regain a healthy and productive life through tips that are available on Dose of Reality;
- Find providers to assist in recovery plans on Treatment Connections;
- Change the conversation utilizing the tips on Dose of Wellness;
- Know that you are not alone and there is always someone here to talk to at the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, the Healthcare Worker and First Responder Support Line, or the Peer-to-Peer Warmline
- Register to attend the Johnny’s Ambassadors Teen Webinar on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM MT on A Better High: The Science of Natural Highs with Matt Bellace.
- Share what you learn with others through posts from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
- Spread the word by sharing a link to each of the following videos this week.
March 21: Age Matters
March 22: Learn about THC and CBD
March 23: How Does the Brain Develop?
March 24: What areas of your brain are impacted by THC?
March 25: Your Amygdala Helps You Avoid Harm
March 26: Three THC Choices
March 27: Wellness
If you’d like more information on connecting youth with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs, alcohol, and other related health topics, visit https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/get-activity-ideas
“Knowledge is Power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied!” –Robert Boyce.