CADCA and Coalitions to Educate Teens About the Truth About Drug Abuse During National Drug Facts Week, Nov. 8-14
CADCA AND COALITIONS TO EDUCATE TEENS ABOUT THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUG ABUSE DURING NATIONAL DRUG FACTS WEEK, NOV. 8-14
Part of a new partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Washington, D.C. – To help dispel any myths and misconceptions that young people have about drugs, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and grassroots coalitions across the country will host educational events during National Drug Facts Week, Nov. 8-14. These events will bring together teens and scientific experts for a frank dialogue about drug abuse so that teens can get a real understanding of the damaging effects that drugs can have on the mind and body.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, this observance encourages teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.
“Too often, young people hear about drugs and drug abuse through their friends or through popular media so they’re not getting the full picture of how using illicit drugs can harm them or their families,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman and CEO. “Hopefully, by talking to scientific experts in a non-judgmental environment they can learn the truth about drugs and realize that using drugs is not a smart choice.”
“We have close to 70 events scheduled for National Drug Facts Week, thanks to the efforts of many non-profit groups who work so closely with communities seeking to educate their teens about the dangers of drugs,” said NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow. “By linking young people with scientists offering factual information, these community based events will go a long way in helping teens sort out the misinformation about drug use they receive in the popular media.”
CADCA selected five coalitions representing distinct regions of the country to host NDFW events.
The five host sites are:
• Sallisaw NOW Coalition (Cherokee Nation), Sallisaw, Okla.
• Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, Santa Maria, Calif.
• Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, Alexandria, Va.
• Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition, Bradenton, Fla.
• Brighton Park Drug Free Community Coalition, Chicago, Ill.
This effort is part of a new partnership with NIDA. To learn more about National Drug Facts Week, visit www.drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/.