Thursday, January 31, 2013

National Drug Facts Week

Shatter the Myths Now!

This week is National Drug Facts Week (January 28-February 3, 2012). Launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to help teens dispel the myths they get from media sources, National Drug Facts Week looks to present what scientists have learned about drug abuse and addiction.

Teens are bombarded with conflicting information that may leave them confused about where to go for accurate information about drug abuse.  In the past year alone, 7.4% of teens reported abuse of prescription drugs and in just the past month, 22.6% of 12th graders report using marijuana. It’s important to get teens the facts now!

There are so many ways you can participate and help NIDA “shatter the myths” about drug use for teens. First, visit the National Drug Facts Week website, where you will find videos, fact sheets, links and other tools to help teach and educate. Take the National Drug IQ Challenge, and find out how much you know about drugs and drug addiction. Be a social media partner and get the word out. Click here for Facebook statuses, tweets and pins to promote National Drug Fact Week via social media sources.  Finally, you can share the link to this blog post with friends. These are ways that everyone can easily get involved.

re:TH!NK Winnebago has additional resource links, which you can access by clicking here.   Educate yourself about drug abuse today and you can help shatter the myths!

Contributed by guest blogger Kim Hageman

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