Stamp Out Stigma has joined forces with peers, community leaders, and scientists across the United States to observe “National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM” (NDAFW). The week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, takes place Monday, January 25th, through Sunday, January 31st. NDAFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs and alcohol and to get scientific answers from experts.
As part of the NDAFW celebration, we will be sharing a fact a day during this week to highlight the importance of speaking openly about substance use disorders.Each day we will update this post with a new fact about addiction.
“Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women1) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” according to the NIAAA. For more information click here.
“Overdoses of prescription opioid drugs kill more people than overdoses from all other drugs combined,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information click here.
“People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain,” according to the NIAAA. For more information click here.
“Substance Abuse is the second most frequent risk factor for suicide after depression,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more information click here.
“Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol,” according to the NIDA. For more information click here.
“Research suggests high doses of cocain can cause the brain to eat itself,” according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University. For more information click here.
“Recovery from addiction is possible. Recognize the signs of a problem and reach out for help.” Talk about it. Your story could change a life. Take the Pledge to help stamp out stigma!
*This post will be updated with a new fact every day for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.*