SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse

November 01, 2011 09:00 ET

National Institutes of Health Encourages Teens and Parents to Rate Their Drug IQ

Quiz for 2011 National Drug Facts Week to Be Unveiled

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - Teens and drug abuse researchers will connect for the second annual National Drug Facts Week, held Oct. 31 through Nov. 6. Through community‐based events, interactive online activities, and contests, this week-long observance encourages teens to get facts from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse. It is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health.

"National Drug Facts Week is designed to counteract the many drug abuse myths that bombard today's youth," said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. "We have learned that teens are craving factual information about drug risks and dangers to help them make smart choices."

NIDA encourages teens and parents to "get the facts" and participate in National Drug Facts Week by taking the Drug IQ Challenge, a 10-question multiple choice quiz that teens and adults can take to test their knowledge about drugs. Talking with teens about drug abuse makes a difference: teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not; yet, only 37 percent of teens report learning a lot from their parents.

Community-based question and answer sessions between teens and scientists are also planned nationwide during National Drug Facts Week. Information about local events can be found at:

NIDA will also host its annual Drug Facts Chat Day on Tuesday, Nov. 1 where students participate in a live, Web-based Q&A with NIDA scientists, including Dr. Volkow, to get the scientific, factual information they need to make healthy decisions.

To take the Drug IQ Challenge, and for more information about National Drug Facts Week, visit:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy and improve practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA's DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or fax or email requests to 240-645-0227 or Online ordering is available at NIDA's media guide can be found at

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