Take Part in National Drug Facts Week

NDFW logoEvery day our students are bombarded with conflicting messages related to drug use, and they may be confused and unsure who to ask for accurate information. With seven percent of teens reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past year and 23 percent of 12th graders reporting using marijuana in the past month, it’s crucial to provide them with the facts.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is holding the third annual “National Drug Facts Week” from January 27 – February 2, 2014, and educators and schools have the opportunity to help shatter the myths about drug use. There are plenty of ways for you to get engaged, including:

The Department of Education has created numerous resources to assist schools and colleges, as well as parents, in preventing illicit drug use. We are pleased our federal colleagues at NIDA have created such an array resources for students and schools, and that they provide this annual opportunity for students to chat one on one with NIDA researchers, and to better educate themselves on how drugs can impact their lives.

Find out more online at:

Norris Dickard is Healthy Students Group Leader in ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students


  1. Why isn’t there any systematic kind of coordination with the event (National Drug Facts Week) with the Faith Community? All throughout America especially in urban inner cities there are a plethora of school sites. Again, why isn’t there an outreach?
    The event happens annually. Logistically, twelve months can be used as a fantastic
    planning tool, to set goals & objective on how to establish recovery programs and individual rehabilitation projects, and then sponsor those with newly established clean time. Also, why isn’t there a Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships inside of NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)? The goal & mission
    is far too important for that agency to rely on the Center that’s established inside of Secretary Sebelius’s office and they’re probably so overwhelmed trying to cover the 2nd or 3rd largest Department in the US Federal Government. I wish you support on this year’s event but I am reluctant on issuing any future support unless there’s radical changes “a-coming”. Government has to stop being so wasteful and just throwing money away to finance public relation ploys!

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