Linking Teens to Facts that SHATTER THE MYTHS® about Drugs and Drug Use


Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) celebrates and supports the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW®), along with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The weeklong observance, held March 21 – March 27, 2022, is designed to bring teens and scientific experts together to discuss the scientific facts about drugs, as well as potential health effects on teen bodies and brains.

During the week, youth around the state participate in programs hosted by community providers to “Shatter the Myths” and counteract the falsehoods about drugs and alcohol teens may receive from the internet, social media, television, movies, music, or from friends. Launched in 2010 by scientists at the NIDA, the week was created to stimulate educational events in communities, so teens can learn what science has taught about drug use and addiction.

“Asking questions about drugs and alcohol can be hard at times, for teens. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week gives an opportunity to encourage teens to talk in safe spaces and while being involved in fun activities,” said ADMH Prevention Services Director, Beverly Johnson.

ADMH has 23 Certified Prevention Providers that offer prevention activities aligned with the Centers for Substance Abuse and Prevention strategies including Alternative, Community Based Process, Education, Environmental, Information Dissemination, and Problem Identification and Referral. Through these strategies, providers implement and participate in prescription drug takeback events, health fairs, media campaigns, and various other national observance activities.


ADMH’s Office of Prevention will host the following activities during NDAW:

Monday, March 21, 2022

Proclamation Signing

Mind Matters: Drugs on the Brain


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tobacco Use (Vaping/ E- Cigarettes)

Mind Matters: The Body’s Response to Nicotine, Tobacco and Vaping


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Opioids/ Prescription Drugs

Facts Sheet: Mind Matters Opioids


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Fatal Vision Goggles Simulation


Friday, March 25, 2022

Coping With Stress: Kahoot! Game (via Zoom 12:30pm)

This activity will help individuals understand how acute stress affects their bodies, how it differs from the more dangerous constant (or chronic) stress and learn strategies to support their mental and emotional health.

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2022