January 22nd through January 27th has been dubbed as National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.
The purpose is to link students with experts to “shatter the myths” about drugs and alcohol.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol and drug use from the internet, social media, TV, music and friends may portray the behavior in an unrealistic light. National Drug & Alcohol Facts week aims to show teens the reality of drug and excessive alcohol use.
“Education to the youth would be the ultimate goal. Making sure that the youth understand the actual facts of using and abusing alcohol, why it’s a bad thing. I mean, ultimately, they’re going to do what they’re going to do. You have to put the ball in their court, but you don’t want to put a baseball player on a basketball court. You want to give them all the tools that they need to be successful and to be healthy,” said Kelsey Gilbert, the Program Director of Drug-Free Communities.