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SPRING 2015

Editor: Josie Anderson

NIDA’S National Drug Facts Week Continues to Grow. 1,557 events in 50 states and 7 international sites!


NDFW Goes Global as Teens Shatter the Myths
Teens joined with scientists and drug education advocates at more than 1,550 events across the United States and in several countries for the fifth annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), held from January 26th – February 1st this year. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on and TV, teens were encouraged to get the facts from scientific experts about drugs and substance abuse. Promotional media activities surrounding the week reached millions of people via traditional and social media platforms.

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What is National Drug Facts Week?
National Drug Facts Week logo
NDFW is a week-long observance that links teens with experts who can give them factual information and dispel the myths about drugs and drug abuse. It was inspired by the success of NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day, which began in 2007. During Chat Day, NIDA scientists receive and answer thousands of questions via a live Web chat from teens at registered schools across the country. In response to this demonstrated interest by teens to get the scientific facts about drugs, NIDA developed NDFW, asking teens, schools, and community groups all over America to hold their own “Q and A” events with local experts. Read press release ⇒

Did you take the Drug IQ Challenge?
Drug IQ Challenge Espannol
As part of the week's activities, NIDA released its "National Drug IQ Challenge.” The 12-question, multiple-choice quiz challenges teens and adults to test their knowledge about drugs. To date, nearly 38,000 people have taken the 2015 IQ Challenge! The Drug IQ Challenge is interactive, and includes English and Spanish videos of NIDA specialists discussing the answers to each question. View Spanish Verson ⇒

1,557 NDFW Community Events Held, 500+ MORE than Last Year
Map of events
The number of NDFW events continued to grow this year, with more than 1,550 location in all 50 states and 7 countries around the world view map). At the events, teens asked questions of addiction scientists, clinicians, or educators familiar with NIDA’s scientific materials. Events were sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, book clubs, and local hospitals. Check out photos from the events on our Flickr page and videos from events, including a partnership with The Herren Project and Recovery Advocate Chris Herren.



Highlights of NDFW Events:

Fort Valley State University, 4-H — Peach County, GA
Fort Valley State University Kids

4-H’ers from the Boy & Girls Club in Peach County, Georgia participate in NDFW Chat Day

Fort Valley State University's 4-H Program, in partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club, participated in NIDA's Chat Day on January 30th. Approximately 16 students from Fort Valley interacted online with some of NIDA's top scientific experts. The youths got the chance to ask questions and get answers to help shatter the myths about drugs. View photos of students "Shattering the Myths" ⇒

NIDA Scientists Break ANOTHER Record: Scientists Answer Nearly 2500 Questions!
Chat Day Scientists

NIDA Director Nora Volkow and fellow scientists hard at work for 10 hours during Drug Facts Chat Day

More than 70 schools participated in NIDA’s annual Drug Facts Chat Day which was held on January 30, with NIH scientists participating in a live, Web-based Q&A, answering close to 2,500 questions! Guest scientists were invited from NIMH, NIAAA, and the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. New this year was a live video-feed, which gave students the ability to "see" the scientists at work. The next Chat Day is January 26, 2016!

Millions of Listeners Heard NDFW Messages via Radio One
Smiley and Parr logos
NIDA again partnered this year with Radio One, a national broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American listeners. Specifically, NIDA worked with the Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley Morning Shows, which are syndicated to a combined 75 radio stations nationwide, to promote NDFW via interviews and on-air and website promotion Two live interviews were conducted with Dr. Jack Stein, Director of OSPC. The combined reach of these two programs is nearly 4.5 million listeners each week.

Mark your calendars for next year!
National Drug Facts Week will be held
January 25 - January 31, 2016!
Chat Day is January 26th.

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