Alcohol Awareness Month

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) and help share facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction in your community. NDAFW is an annual health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. NDAFW provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners to help advance the science and address youth drug and alcohol use in communities and nationwide.

 Mark your calendar for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, March 18–24, 2024

Sign up for NDAFW email updates below and find lots of great resources for planning and promoting your very own NDAFW event.

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Addiction/Substance Use Disorder

There are many reasons why people decide to drink and use drugs. But the increasing use of drugs and drinking can come with serious risk and devastating consequences.

Substance abuse affects an estimated 25 million Americans. In terms of people who are affected indirectly such as families of abusers and those injured or killed by intoxicated drivers, an additional 40 million people are affected. The monetary cost to society and the economy because of reduced productivity, property damage, accidents, and health care are astounding. Alcoholism (heavy drinking) afflicts 16 million adults and almost 300,000 children annually. An estimated 21.6 million Americans (age 12 and older) are addicted to other drugs such as sedative-hypnotics or barbiturates, opiates, sedatives, hallucinogens, and psychostimulants.

If you believe someone you know may have substance, use issues, there are ways you can help. As previously explained, there are signs and symptoms to watch out for.

Remember your friend or family member may be having a hard time right now. You need to be as supportive and understanding as you can. By letting the person know you care about his well-being, he will be more willing to get the help he needs.

There are a few tips you should remember.

Other Resources:

StartYourRecovery.org

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
http://www.drugabuse.gov/ and http://drugpubs.drugabuse.gov/
Phone: 301-443-1124

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
www.niaaa.nih.gov
Phone: 301-443-3860.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
www.samhsa.gov/atod
Phone: 877-SAMHSA-7 (877-726-4727)

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