A week-long effort to SHATTER THE MYTHS® on drugs and alcohol
More than half of high school seniors across the country report using alcohol, and about 14.3 percent report using an illegal drug sometime in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Here in Rutland County, of high school students 30 percent have tried marijuana, 9 percent have misused a prescription stimulant or pain reliever, and 50 percent have consumed more than a few sips of alcohol, according to the 2015 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, but many teens are not aware of the risks.
From January 22–28, 2018—National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week will be spreading scientifically-based facts about drugs across the country. The week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs and alcohol and to get scientific answers from experts.
Today’s popular culture is filled with inaccurate information about drugs. It’s time to SHATTER THE MYTHS®! With science-based information about drugs and their impact on the body, teenagers can make well-informed decisions before engaging in risky behavior. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is for teens to get honest answers about drugs so they can make good, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with friends.”
Teens can join the conversation surrounding National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week and stay informed about drug and alcohol facts by following https://www.facebook.com/partnersforprevention.
The Partners for Prevention is a community network dedicated to sustainable substance abuse prevention efforts for Rutland County youth and young adults. Stay connected by liking the Partners for Prevention on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/partnersforprevention