Shatter the Myths About Drug Abuse | Join NIDA’s CyberShoutout

Myths about drug abuse are often a key reason young people experiment with drugs and alcohol and parents look the other way or excuse it as something “all kids do.”  So, today, I’m joining teens, parents, teachers and scientists in NIDA’s CyberShoutout to add my voice to spreading the powerful messages about drug abuse and addiction.

One of the key risk factors for a person developing a drug abuse / drug addiction is early use — using drugs while their brains are going through the critical developmental stages that occur ages 12-25. One of the changes now possible in the way we talk with young people about the effects of drugs is to use the new science and brain research to help then understand what drugs do to the developing brain and how the developing brain makes them especially vulnerable to drugs and drug addiction. NIDA provides some excellent resources in this area and here are two:

The Sara Bellum Blog
Written by a team of NIDA scientists, science writers, and follow-sara-bellum-235x235public health analysts of all ages to connect teens with the latest scientific research and news, so they can use that info to make healthy, smart decisions.

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior —The Science of Addiction
soa_coverA 30-page full-color booklet that explains in layman’s terms how science has revolutionized the understanding of drug addiction as a brain disease that affects behavior.

NIDA’s CyberShoutout is also to raise awareness and participation in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA’s), National Drug Facts Week, which starts Monday, October 31, 2011. National Drug Facts Week is a national health observance for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drug abuse through online activities and community-based events.

So, please, join the conversation today and shout out to the world about the dangers of drugs. It’s easy! Share this post on your blog, Facebook page or Twitter account — or wherever you see fit. When you choose to speak, you choose to act.

Learn more about today’s CyberShoutout in support of National Drug Facts Week by visiting NIDA’s Sara Bellum Blog

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Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at
Author of nine books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!" and "Quick Guide to Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and hundreds of articles, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of She has spent more than 12 years researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance misuse prevention, intervention and treatment; mental illness; addiction as a brain disease; effective co-occurring disorders' treatment; secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies and public agencies to address the workplace impacts of secondhand drinking - the other side of alcohol misuse - something that affects up to 40% of a workforce and costs hundreds of thousands dollars each year in absenteeism, safety risks, health care expenses, distraction and poor performance costs.

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