The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week health monitoring organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, both part of the National Institutes of Health, runs until April 5.
NDAFW celebrates the curious minds of teenagers by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and to get scientific answers from experts. Instead of personal events and activities, NIDA promotes virtual participation. There are countless activities that teenagers, parents, carers and teachers can do without leaving home. As part of the NDAFW celebration, the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission provides online videos and activities that many can view on the agency's social media websites.
According to the Pennsylvania Youth Survey data, the three main abused substances among Indiana County youth are alcohol, nicotine, and inhalants. Nicotine is the common chemical in tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
Ninety-nine percent of the e-juices, vapus juices or pods on the market contain nicotine. Inhalers are common household products that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to produce a psychoactive or mind changing effect.
While drugs can endanger the health and life of a teenager, many teenagers are not aware of the risks. Even for teenagers who do not abuse substances, many have friends or know someone who does, and they often look for ways to help them.
AICDAC wants local youths to be able to learn what science has taught them about drug abuse and addiction. There are so many myths about drugs, alcohol and tobacco that confuse popular culture.
The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is designed for teenagers to get honest answers to different substances so they can make healthy, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with peers.
This is also a great time for parents, caregivers and teachers to get an education.
To participate in the National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, please visit one of the following AICDAC Social Media Sites: