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Do Durham and Middlefield Teens Know the Facts on Drug Use?

Drug Facts Saavy? Community members and students are invited to that the National Drug IQ CHallenge. Strong students can win and iTunes gift card just by taking the "Challenge"!

 

We are about to find out! 

The EDGE (Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday) Team from Strong/DMYFS (Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services) will hold a week-long campaign from January 28th through February 1st to check their peers and the adults in their lives drug knowledge. Our goal is to bring together teens and adults in community to get the scientific facts straight about drug use and abuse. 

Strong students who participate in the “National Drug IQ Challenge” will not only gain knowledge about drug facts, they will also have a chance to win an iTunes card! Each student who turns in a completed “National Drug IQ Challenge” will be entered into a drawing for an iTunes card. One 7th and one 8th grade student will win an iTunes Card after the drawing on Friday, February 1st!

Posters made by the EDGE Team are already going up at Strong School in Durham and the link to the take “National Drug IQ Challenge” will be readily accessible for the week long effort by the EDGE Team to make their peers aware of the science of drug use and abuse.  All community members are encouraged to take the simple, online 10-question interactive multiple choice quiz along with
Strong School during the week.

Community members and students wishing to take the National Drug IQ Challenge can go to http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/iqchallenge.php. Strong students need only to print their certificate when they have completed the challenge and submit it to health teacher, Kristen Beers to be eligible for the iTunes gift card drawing!

The week long effort is part of the third annual National Drug Facts Week that will be held Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, 2013, nationwide sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. This “Challenge” is just one of the many initiatives supported by EDGE and the Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Council as well as the Drug Free Communities grant.”

Strong/DMYFS EDGE Team members will also be promoting the “National Drug IQ Challenge” via the DMYFS Facebook Page with the hope that even adults will take the challenge and encourage their teens of all ages to as well.

“Knowledge is power,” said Strong Health Teacher and EDGE Co-Leader Kirsten Beers. “Teens are hungry for information and there are many myths out there to be shattered when it comes to the drug use and abuse.” 

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