The week of March 22nd through the 28th is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, an annual event. To connect teens with resources to “Shatter the Myths” about drugs and alcohol. Sieda Prevention hopes all take advantage of a great opportunity. It links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, and friends.
People, especially teens, don’t realize the effects that drugs, alcohol, and even tobacco can have. Especially on a young person’s developing brain, other body systems, motor skills, including inhibition and judgment. These can lead to poor decisions which can result in accidents, unintended pregnancy, STI/HIV infections, sexual assaults, violence, and other harmful outcomes.
This event started in 2010 to provide education to communities. Moreover, teens and parents can learn what science has discovered about substance use and addiction.
Chat Day will be Wednesday, March 24th. This is an annual live online chat held between high school students and scientists. This allows students to ask the questions they most want to be answered, about drug and alcohol use, and its effects. Including ways to help friends or family that have substance use disorders or addictions.
https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drugalcohol-facts-week has several resources, free educational materials, and a toolkit, for teachers and others who work with teens. Or click the images to find a free quiz or free resources for everyone.
Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services are available across 10 counties. Please call 641-683-6747.