CASAC Launches Shatter the Myths Week

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Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council

“We want teens to have the opportunity to learn what science says about drug abuse, alcohol and addiction,” said Patricia Munson, Executive Director of Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC). There are so many myths about drugs and alcohol cluttering our popular culture. National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM is for teens to get honest answers about drugs so they can make good, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with friends.
This special week, Monday, January 25 through Sunday, January 31 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.
About a third of high school seniors across the country report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year, and more than ten percent report non-medical use of a narcotic painkiller. While drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them.
7th through 12th grade Chautauqua County School teenagers will join forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM” (NDAFW).
All health teachers in Chautauqua County will receive a copy of the Shatter the Myths Trivia Game Questionnaire on alcohol and other drug facts. Students complete the questionnaire and discuss any questions that interest them. Every day that week, six participants’ names will be drawn for a gift card to a nearby store. Thirty winners will be named during that week!
CASAC’s Mission is to build a safer, healthier community by effectively addressing alcohol, other drugs and related high-risk behaviors through Advocacy, Hope, and Awareness. For further information call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623, or go to CASAC’s website, www.casacweb.org.