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Press Release: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW)
March 21-27, 2022

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, or NDAFW, is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health, and work with leading organizations, media outlets, and other Government agencies to spread the word about NDAFW.

Events. Register your event or activity here. You can also view an Events Map on the website!

Post on social media: use the #MyWhyNDAFW hashtag and post a photo of you holding the branded sign stating your reasons for why you support this week.

Information for promoting mental and emotional well-being to reduce the risk of substance abuse as a coping strategy:
Nurturing My Mental & Emotional Health
Stressed Out?
Is This Legit? Accessing Valid and Reliable Health Information
National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Take our Local Stimulant Survey—submissions received by 3/31/2022 are eligible for $50 CVS Gift Card Raffle. Share this link with your network:

Link to survey in English
Link to survey in Spanish

“We care about our community and want our members to be well-informed on the use of stimulant drugs”, Nancy Tillie, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer. Excessive and non-medical use of these drugs can be dangerous; therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and effects of stimulant use and to be aware that fentanyl may have been added, greatly increasing the risk of overdose. This survey is supported by the MAT Access Points Project, which is funded through the department of Health Care Services California MAT Expansion Project and is administered by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.

For more information about the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics or Santa Barbara Opioid Safety Coalition, you can contact Eugene Kim at