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Vol. LXVII, No. 6
March 13, 2015
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Record Number of Events Mark National Drug Facts Week

From Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, NIDA conducted its annual National Drug Facts Week, a health observance for teens that is designed to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse through community events, NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day and national, media and community partnerships. This year, NIDA reached an all-time record number of events—more than 1,500 in all 50 states and several countries.

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (“Expert #4”) and scientists answer questions on Chat Day.

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (“Expert #4”) and scientists answer questions on Chat Day.

The live online chat on Jan. 30 included more than 130 high schools; more than 2,500 questions (another record) were answered by NIDA scientists. In support of Drug Facts Week, NIDA developed and distributed press and promotional materials and coordinated two radio media tours for English and Spanish-speaking audiences resulting in 21 interviews, reaching a total audience of more than 54 million people.

In addition, NDFW activities were promoted throughout the week via social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook and Vine. Online resources included the popular National Drug IQ Challenge, an interactive quiz accessible on mobile devices, for teens to test their knowledge about drugs and drug abuse. For more information, visit http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week.


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