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National Drug Fact Week starts Sunday

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National Drug Facts Week is an opportunity for teens, to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. This year, it runs the week of Jan. 25-30.

In community and school events all over America, teens, scientists and other experts will come together for an honest conversation about how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior.

Drug Fact Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The purpose was to counteract myths that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music or friends.

About a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; more than ten percent report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription painkillers; 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 of 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 information with others.

For more information on National Drug Fact Week, and to take the knowledge quiz, go to http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week.

To become involved and take a STAND against underage drinking please get involved and consider attending the local STAND meetings held the fourth Tuesday of the Month at District II Alcohol & Drug Program from noon to 1 p.m., or become involved in the Parent Café’ held the first Wednesday of the month.

For information on the important role you play as a parent and community member in addressing underage drinking and other youth issues in Richland County contact Vicky, Missy or Melissa at 406-433-4097. Keep up with events on the Facebook page: Richland County STAND.

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