National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week NA18015ti

January 22, 2018

What: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is between Monday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 28th. It is a health observance week for teens where the informational event will aim to shatter the myths about drug and alcohol use.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 10:00 am

Where: Operations-Valley Bureau and Valley Traffic Division 7870 Nollan Place Panorama City, CA 91402

Who: Captain Andrew Neiman, Commanding Officer, Valley Traffic Division Detective William Bustos, Officer-in-Charge, Valley Traffic Division Detectives Ms. Sandy Logan, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Mr. Albert Melena, San Fernando Valley Partnership Ms. Veronica De Lara, Pueblo y Salud Ms. Maribel Briseno, Phoenix House, Guest speaker who benefitted from the program.

Why: The Los Angeles Police Department and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence have joined forces to spread awareness on the dangers of alcohol and drugs as well at its potential deadly consequences on our roads. On average, in the City of Los Angeles, 867 young adults are arrested annually for impaired driving.

Drug and Alcohol Facts Week links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, television, movies, music, or from friends. This yearly event was launched in 2010 by scientists at the national Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction.

Visuals: A car that was in a traffic fatality involving a young driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be displayed. Educational posters and photos of fatal traffic collisions will be on display.

Contact: For more information, please contact Valley Traffic Detective Bill Bustos at (818)644-8021 or LAPD Media Relations at (213) 486-5910.