The Fort Greely Army Substance Abuse Program is participating in observinghe National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week which runs from January 25-31, 2016.
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Weeks (NDAFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to SHATTER THE MYTHS about drug and alcohol abuse.
The purpose of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is to connect students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug abuse and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.
Why Celebrate National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week? About a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; about 5 percent of seniors report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription pain relievers; and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month. Many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the
influence. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.
For this event the Fort Greely Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) will be going into the local junior high and high school and sharing education and prevention strategies aimed at addressing myths and facts about drug abuse. The Fort Greely Team can anticipate a daily educational message from the Army Substance Abuse Program via email distributions throughout the duration of the campaign. Taking a few moments to read and be familiar with the information provided may very well make a difference in your life or that of a loved one or friend.
Information that will be provided and shared this week comes from studies and publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and can be further explored at
Heather Green, BA, MSW
USAG Fort Greely, Alaska
Submitted by Rodney