Teens and scientists are connecting for the third National Drug Facts Week, running through Sunday, Feb. 3. Community-based events, online activities, and a Web-based chat with scientists encourage teens to get facts from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse. It is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Drug IQ Challenge is a 12-question multiple choice quiz to test their knowledge about drugs. Talking with teens about these issues makes a difference: teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not.
“National Drug Facts Week is designed to counteract the many myths about drug abuse that bombard today’s youth,” said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. “When given the facts from people they trust, teens are in a better position to make good decisions about drug use.”
National Drug Facts Week featured community-based question and answer sessions and an annual Drug Facts Chat Day where students participate in a live, Web-based Q&A with NIH scientists for information to make healthy decisions. The transcript of the session can be online here in a few days.
NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy and improve practice.