SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse

January 30, 2013 15:34 ET

Teens, Communities and Scientific Experts Team Up for NIDA's National Drug Facts Week

Teens and Parents Can Test Their Drug IQ With the 2013 Drug IQ Challenge, Teens Can Chat Live With NIH Scientists on Drug Facts Chat Day

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2013) - Teens and scientists will connect for the third National Drug Facts Week, held Jan. 28 - Feb. 3. Through community-based events, online activities, and a Web-based chat with scientists, 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 myths about drug abuse that bombard today's youth," said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. "When given the facts from people they trust, teens are in a better position to make good decisions about drug use."

Community-based question and answer sessions between teens and scientists are planned nationwide during National Drug Facts Week. Information about local community-based events can be found at: NIDA will also host its annual Drug Facts Chat Day where students participate in a live, Web-based Q&A with NIH scientists to get the appropriate information to make healthy decisions. Registration is limited; however, schools not participating in the chat can follow the chat live online here (and view transcripts from past years).

NIDA also encourages teens and parents to participate in National Drug Facts Week by taking the Drug IQ Challenge, a 12-question multiple choice quiz to test their knowledge about drugs. Talking with teens about these issues 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.

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

NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 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. NIDA's media guide can be found at

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