Can you answer these commonly asked questions about alcohol and drugs?
• What is the chemical in the marijuana plant that causes the “high”?
• How do inhalants affect the brain?
• What are “dissociative drugs”?
• How does alcohol affect the teenage brain?
Most teens are savvy researchers, using their iPhones to search the Internet (and their friends) for information. However, youth are not always able to determine what is “fact” and what is “fiction.” Would you know how to help your teen identify the myths from the facts regarding alcohol and drugs and guide them to accurate, science-based resources?
What is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week? It’s hard to keep on top of the updated research. And that is why the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) created National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week in 2010 to empower teens to “shatter the myths” that swirl around alcohol and drugs. NIDA scientists wanted to connect students with experts to counteract the false information about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the Internet, social media, TV, movies, music and their friends. Youth are encouraged to plan educational events in their communities so that teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. Encourage your teen to explore the NIDA website » for information created especially to help teens “shatter the myths” as well as understand the science of addiction and how drugs affect the brain and the body. Adults also need to “shatter the myths” as well and explore the sections designed to assist teachers and parents to better support and inform their teens.
Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day Students are encouraged to participate in the annual Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day », held this year on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This live, online chat gives students from around the country the opportunity to ask the questions they want answered about drugs and drug abuse: What are the effects of drugs? How can I help friends or family that are abusing drugs? What causes addiction? NIDA scientists are online to provide teens with the facts.
Stark County Youth Led Prevention SCYLP members have created opportunities for the community to learn more about drugs and alcohol during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Check out the interactive bulletin board in the youth department at the Stark County District Library’s downtown location ». Test your understanding of what is fact and what is a myth. And listen to PSAs » created by SCYLP members that highlight facts that all teens (and parents) need to know about drug and alcohol use in Stark County.
2017 National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge Remember those four questions from the top of the page? Those are actual questions from the 2017 National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge ». Teens and adults can test their knowledge about drugs, alcohol and drug abuse by taking the interactive quiz. There are ten quiz questions and two bonus “Brainiac” questions, designed to provide science-based facts, correct misinformation and motivate students to learn more. Why not challenge yourself and the teens that you care about to take the online quiz together? Compare your answers, talk about what you know or don’t know and check out StarkMHAR and Drug Free Stark County’s prevention webpages » for local resources and prevention strategies that you can use today and “shatter the myths”!