Local students learned facts about drugs and alcohol on Monday, as a part of National Drug Facts Week, which runs from January 25 through 31.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has coordinated the effort for the past six years, which includes events and campaigns targeting young people about the dangers of drugs. Students are informed about common myths and misconceptions about drug use.
For the first time, the National Institute on Drug Abuse teamed up with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to incorporate key information related to alcohol.
United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld visited Bethlehem Elementary on Monday to hold a presentation that allowed students to learn about topics like commonly abused drugs, the impact of drugs on the human brain, the science behind substance abuse disorders and the importance of speaking up about the signs of addiction.
Ihlenfeld said he thinks it is critical to educate young people on the drug problem facing the state. “Children are exposed to information about illegal drugs from a variety of sources and we want to empower them to make informed, healthy decisions based on accurate information,” he said.
During Nation Drug Facts Week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will also use its Twitter account (@NDWVnews) to launch a social media campaign to disseminate important information regarding substance abuse and addiction.
Anyone interested in further information should visit www.drugabuse.gov.