As the opioid epidemic roils communities and the popularity of vaping is leading to hospitalizations and even deaths, our nation’s schools are feeling the impact. We want young adults to be healthy and make informed decisions, and that starts with prevention education.

With 1 in 4 high school students reporting they’ve used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days, and 1 in 5 high school seniors reporting that they have misused prescription drugs, reaching students early is more important than ever. National Institute on Drug Abuse experts share information on the expanding and evolving challenges teens are facing when it comes to prescription drug safety and vaping.

Our team sat down with Dr. Ruben Baler, a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) scientist presenting information on the neurobiology of drug use and addiction. Together with Kimberley Timpf, EVERFI’s Sr. Director of Impact & Education, Dr. Baler offers his thoughts on teen brain development, how specific drugs affect the developing teen brain, the impact of drugs on other behaviors like sleep and cyberbullying, and the connection between mental health and substance use disorders.

To close, Brian Marquis, NIDA Public Liaison Officer, spotlights NIDA resources available for Red Ribbon Week and National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ® (NDAFW).

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Teen Prevention: Prescription Drug Safety & Vaping

Featured Resources

Prescription Drug Safety: is an innovative digital course that focuses on high school students, arming them with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions. By empowering students with substance abuse prevention education at an early age, we can help the next generation stop opioid abuse.

Launch Deck: A brief deck to guide your students through the registration process to ensure a smooth EVERFI launch.

NIDA Lesson Plan and Activity Finder: Find free science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs – all funded or created by NIDA.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® Email Updates: Join this list for drug and alcohol prevention news and resources from around the country, including the latest updates on National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week®.

Tobacco, Nicotine, & Vaping (E-Cigarettes) Event Toolkit: If you are interested in planning an event or promotional activity that focuses primarily on tobacco or vaping, this toolkit contains the latest government resources on teen tobacco and e-cigarette use.

Smokefree Teens: Quitting vaping can be tough, but Smokefree Teens has resources that can help teens. Find government resources on quitting vaping and staying vape-free.


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