National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week


March 20-26

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 20 – 26, inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together students, educators, mental and physical healthcare providers, and community partners to help address youth drug and alcohol use in communities and nationwide.

During the week, youth participate in programs host by community providers to ask questions and speak openly about drugs and alcohol. “National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week offers prevention partners and providers around the state, the space and time to share crucial information with teens who ask questions and can give direct responses,” said ADMH Director of Prevention, 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 20

Topic: Stimulant Use

Press Release on National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Fact Sheet: The Reason for Prescriptions: Stimulants


Tuesday, March 21

Topic: Marijuana

Fact Sheet: Risk Factors and Protective Factors for Substance Use: Marijuana


Wednesday, March 22

Topic: Underage Drinking and Alcohol Use

Facts Sheet Comorbidities: Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders: Alcohol

Word Search


Thursday, March 23

Topic: Opioids

Fact Sheet: Reducing Stigma: Opioids


Friday, March 24

Topic: Promoting Positive Minds: Self-awareness and promote strategies for supporting positive mental and emotional health

Breathing Exercises with Guided Meditation | 5 Minutes |


Events are coordinated by the Office of Prevention. Contact Satavia Mann, 334-353-8866, for more information



National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2023