Community Members from Linn County Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities have joined forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week” (NDAFW). The week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, takes place March 22nd – March 26th. NDAFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs and alcohol and to get scientific answers from experts.
While drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them.
“We want teens to have the opportunity to learn what science has taught us about drug abuse, alcohol, and addiction,” said Selina West, Linn County Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities member. “There are so many myths about drugs and alcohol cluttering our popular culture. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is for teens to get honest answers about drugs so they can make good, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with friends.”
Teens can join the conversation through the hashtag #drugfacts and #ASAC and stay informed about drug and alcohol facts and events in Cedar Rapids by following Linn County Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities on Facebook.