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National Drug Facts Week events now in all 50 states


January 28, 2013

For the first time, National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) -- a week-long observance that gives teens factual information on drugs and drug abuse -- will include community events in all 50 states in the U.S. NDFW, an initiative of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will be held today through February 3, 2013.  At more than 500 locations across the country, teens will be asking questions of addiction scientists or educators familiar with NIDA's scientific materials. Events are sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, book clubs, and local hospitals. A map of NDFW events can be viewed at http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/googlemap2013/index.php.

As part of NDFW, NIDA will hold its fifth annual Drug Facts Chat Day, in which high school students across the country can “chat” anonymously and in real time with NIDA scientists to ask questions about drugs. NIDA also unveiled today its 2013 Drug IQ Challenge, an interactive 12-question multiple-choice quiz that teens and adults can take to test their knowledge about drugs. Further details about the Drug IQ Challenge, as well as NDFW, can be found at drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov.

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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    NIDA. (2013, January 28). National Drug Facts Week events now in all 50 states. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2013/01/national-drug-facts-week-events-now-in-all-50-states

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