Friday, January 24, 2014

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National Drug Facts Week: Shattering the Myths

Teens are confronted with conflicting messages about drugs, leaving many feeling confused and uncertain about where to go for information. Teen drug use remains a significant public health issue, and access to accurate information is essential.

National Drug Facts Week for 2014 is January 27 to February 2, 2014. Scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are hosting a live web chat on January 28, which will be available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST at http://www.nidachat.org. These annual web chats give high school students throughout the United States an opportunity to ask questions about drugs.

To test your knowledge of drugs, consider taking the National Drug IQ Challenge.

To find more information on commonly abused drugs, we recommend NIDA's DrugFacts collection. They have also put together a brochure answering some of teens' most common questions about drugs. "Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths" is available for download at http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/booklet.php.

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