Centerstone Supports National Drug Facts Week with Information to Encourage Teens to Make Healthy Decisions

Week-long campaign supports national efforts of the National Institute of Drug Abuse

Nashville, TN—Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, has partnered with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to promote the fourth annual National Drug Facts Week.

This week long observance brings teens together with scientific experts to discuss the myths and facts of drug abuse.

During the week of Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, 2014, Centerstone’s Prevention Specialists will be distributing information cards and flyers throughout Middle Tennessee to encourage teens to avoid risky behaviors such as drugs.

Through social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, teens will be encouraged to participate in Drug IQ Challenges along with Centerstone’s Prevention Services website, whoyouwant2be.org to reach young people.

“National Drug Facts Week gives us the opportunity to squash any myths teens may have about drugs because of misinformation provided through the internet, television, music and friends,” said Centerstone Outreach Specialist Stacey Richards.

Centerstone’s Prevention Outreach Specialists plan to focus on positive facts, like how only a small percentage of teens (6.7 percent) use marijuana.

“It’s important to point that out,” said Richards. “Too many teens begin using drugs because of peer pressure. When in reality, only a fraction of teens end up using.”

National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by NIDA in an effort to counter the myths of drugs presented to teens by internet, TV, music and friends and present scientifically accurate information regarding drug abuse and addiction.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member organization of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.