January 26 -31, 2016 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. This event, which is co-sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), teaches teens the effects of drug use on the brain and body through local events and online chats. The information provided has been thoroughly researched by National Institute of Health (NIH) scientists.
Chat Day is January 26th. On this day, high school students and scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse hook up online to discuss the dangers of drug use. Students can get answers to all of their questions from actual scientific researchers.
This is an important event because researchers have found that teens who use drugs on a regular basis are at high risk for developing cognitive disorders and learning disabilities since the teenage brain is still maturing. And some drugs are so dangerous, they can cause permanent psychiatric disorders.
For more information, check out these websites:
http://teens.drugabuse.gov (NIDA for Teens)
http://www.drugabuse.gov (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Dawn Pisturino, RN
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