National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Shatter the Myths in Your Community
Nearly one in three students in 12th-grade report past-year vaping, according to 2017 Monitoring the Future survey. Monitoring the Future data also show that among teens, daily marijuana use has become more popular than daily cigarette smoking. Additionally, among college-aged young adults, daily marijuana use is at the highest it has been since the early 1980s. During this webinar, health educators will learn about National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) and related best practices in substance use education to help Shatter The Myths® about drugs and alcohol for students in their communities. Participants will learn how to elevate existing substance use education efforts and address their communities’ unique needs through NDAFW. Presenters will highlight the available free resources, explain the event toolkits, and help participants understand how to align best practices with activity ideas to teach students the facts about how drugs and alcohol affect the brain, body, and behavior.
1) Analyze teen substance use trends and attitudes toward substance use.
2) Explain National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) and the resources available to integrate the national health observance into existing health education programming.
3) Understand how NDAFW can be customized to meet the needs of health educators and the communities they serve.
Brian Marquis, Public Liaison Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Brian Marquis joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2001 and serves as NIDA’s Public Liaison Officer, connecting federal, state, local, and nongovernmental organizations, educators, public health professionals, and the general public with NIDA resources. He also manages more than 30 national partnerships for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®. His dedication to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the federal taxpayer has earned him numerous awards including the coveted healthfinder Hammer Award from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the NIH Directors Award. Prior to joining NIDA, Mr. Marquis was the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publications Clearinghouse and a federal contractor at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Craig S. Ross, PhD, MBA
Craig S. Ross is a Research Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology Department at the Boston University School of Public Health. His research interests include substance use, particularly substance use initiation, social and familial determinants of substance abuse, and health concerns of vulnerable populations including immigrants, youth, and women. Dr. Ross has developed innovative research methods to examine the influence of media exposure on alcohol use, particularly among underage drinkers. Dr. Ross was awarded the New Investigator Award by the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2014. He received in Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health in 2014, his Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1991 and his B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982.
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