National School Breakfast Week (March 8-12)
Teenagers who regularly eat a nutritious breakfast have better mental health and are less likely to smoke tobacco or drink alcohol. In celebration of National School Breakfast Week, ODP partnered with The Family Dinner Project, the Idaho Foodbank, and Head Start Centers across the state to create and distribute the Idaho Family Breakfast Recipe Guide. Filled with five quick and easy breakfast recipes, as well as activities and conversation starters to help Idaho families make their mornings more meaningful. Learn more here.
Brain Awareness Week (March 15-21)
In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, ODP is hosting a virtual presentation on The Amazing Adolescent Brain: Opportunities & Vulnerabilities with Dr. Linda Chamberlain. Focusing on the brain areas that experience profound change during adolescence, Dr. Chamberlain will describe how these changes influence adolescents’ emotions, decision-making, and response to stress. She will also discuss the vulnerability of the developing teen brain to substance use. Learn more and register here.
National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week (March 22-28)
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from social media, TV, movies, music, or friends. It was launched in 2010 by 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. Join NIDA and ODP and help share facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction in your community during NDFW. Learn how.
New Find Their Passion Profile
Read the latest Find Their Passion profile from our Be The Parents campaign highlighting Idaho teen Declan Rowe John. Declan's vocal talents are being recognized in Boise and around the world. Her story is a reminder to parents that it's important to help our kids find something they love to do and encourage them to pursue it. Read the full story here.
Check out these amazing anti-smoking and vaping PSAs from the Idaho Youth Health Advisory Council (YHAC)! The YHAC consists of student advocates for student health. These incredible PSAs, featuring Boise High School students Emma and Tucker, are currently running on TV and radio across Idaho through April.
Upcoming Events

20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The next National Take Back Day is on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am-2pm. ODP encourages local organizations across the state to coordinate Take Back Day events in their communities to help Idahoans properly dispose of unused or expired medications. Find our step-by-step Event Planning Toolkit and Promotional Guide here.

Idaho Opioid Misuse & Overdose Strategic Plan Annual Retreat
Save-the-date for the 2021 Annual Retreat, taking place on April 27 & 28. Due to the COVID-19, this year's Retreat will be held virtually. Learn more here.

2021 Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency
The 2021 ICADD will be held virtually on May 24-27. Earn prizes, connect with colleagues, and earn 24 continuing education hours! Learn more here.
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