NIDA to release interactive Drug IQ Challenge and host online chat for teens seeking drug facts
BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teens and scientists will connect for the fourth National Drug Facts Week, held Jan. 27 – Feb. 2. Through community‐based events, online activities, and a Web-based chat with scientists, this week-long observance encourages teens to get facts from experts about drugs and drug abuse. It is coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
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"National Drug Facts Week is designed to shatter the many myths spread by friends, celebrities, media and the Internet about drug use and abuse," said NIDA Deputy Director Dr. Wilson Compton. "When given the facts from trusted sources, teens are better equipped to make smart decisions."Community-based education events with teens and experts are planned across the country during National Drug Facts Week. Information about local events can be found at: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/ndfw/map. NIDA will also host its annual Drug Facts Chat Day, where students from more than 100 high schools nationwide participate in a live, Web-based Q&A with NIH scientists to get information to make healthy decisions. Although registration is now closed, the chat can be followed online. Questions from past Chat Days include:
- Why do some people get addicted to drugs and others don't?
- Can prescription drugs like Adderall help me focus, even if I don't have ADHD?
- How can marijuana be bad for you if it is used as medicine?