Dare to Know More: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

MERCERVILLE- During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been practicing social distancing and self-isolation as a mitigation tactic. However, there is a dark side to practicing these responsible behaviors. Distance and isolation can lead to depression, which can lead to the increased use, misuse, and abuse of drugs and alcohol. That is why, in this quarantine times, adolescents should participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW).

NDAFW was created in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism partnered with NIDA in 2016 and added alcohol as another topic of discussion.

The objective of this week is to create educational events so teenagers can learn about the science behind drug and alcohol addiction to combat myths about drugs from potentially unreliable sources.

"Informing youth about the potential dangers of drugs and alcohol is very important," said Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies. "During a time such as the coronavirus pandemic, it serves as a reminder to consider your mental and physical health especially at a young and impressionable age."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIDA is encouraging teens, parents, caregivers, and teachers to participate in NDAFW virtually. The virtual activities for this week include Kahoot! Games, the National Drug & Alcohol IQ challenge, the Drug Facts Challenge, the Mind Matters series in which teachers explain the effects of various drugs and alcohol on the body, and a Twitter Trivia Challenge on April 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Please visit NIDA's website here to participate and spread the word about NDAFW!

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is a statewide trade association representing 144 organizations that serve New Jersey residents with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, and their families. Our members may be found in every county and almost every community statewide. They serve more than 500,000 children and adults each year and contribute to the economy through 61,000 direct and indirect jobs. NJAMHAA's mission is to promote the value of its members as the highest quality behavioral healthcare providers for the residents of New Jersey through advocacy and professional development.

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