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January 25-31 marks National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Alcohol remains the most commonly used and abused drug among youth. PTA has long supported a resolution on Substance and Alcohol abuse awareness and prevention. The effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain of a child or teen can cause both adverse behavioral/psychological problems and have social consequences. The first step in preventing abuse is recognizing a problem exists and being knowledgeable of the tools and resources available for both kids and parents. The National Health Information Center has created a National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week webpage designed with teens in mind. Parents can find resources at stopalcoholabuse.gov. Want to know the statistics behind underage drinking? Check out the CDC’s Fact Sheet – Underage Drinking.