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Take the challenge next week, test knowledge of drug facts

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At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we like to celebrate. We celebrate living a drug-free life and we celebrate when those who need treatment and direction are able to reach out.

We also like to celebrate when education and prevention reach lives of young individuals who need it most.

From Jan. 27 through Feb. 1, we will be celebrating “National Drug Facts Week.” This is a week of education and prevention within Carroll County Schools, a week celebrated nationwide.

It is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse.

Through community-based events and activities on the web, on TV, and through contests, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.

How does Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County celebrate? Last year, Champions reached hundreds of students at Carroll County High School with fun, hands-on activities during their lunch wave that taught them myths about drug use, different drugs that are being used and the consequences of using.

This year we will visit CCHS again to reach out to young adults to further their understanding of the risks of using drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and tobacco.  We will be at the high school Jan. 27, 30 and 31.

How can you help us celebrate?

Test your own knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug IQ Challenge quiz at http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/iqchallenge.php.

Once you’re finished, have your child take it as well to see how you match up.

You can always help us educate students and teens throughout the county, year-round by attending or volunteering for any event. Just call (502) 732-8304.

At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we honor national celebrations such as this throughout the year, not just on special weeks or days.

But we do like to highlight the efforts being made by coalitions, leaders and individuals across America who strive to make their communities a better place to live.

Next week, celebrate with us as we educate our youth during National Drug Facts Week. Teach your student a fact he or she otherwise wouldn’t have known, take our National Drug IQ Challenge Quiz, or volunteer at any event with Champions. 

For more resources, games and answers to your drug questions visit drugfactsweek.drugabuse.org or contact Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County at (502) 732-8304.

 

Hayley Franklin is coordinator of Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.