ENNIS — Ennis ISD is gearing up to kick off "National Drug Facts Week" in collaboration with Texas State Troopers, Donna Knight, IMPACT Ennis and Drug Prevention Resources. A parents night, hosted and sponsored by Impact Ennis, will take place Monday, Jan. 23 at Ennis High School and Junior High School.

According to an IMPACT press release, “Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. is dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse through the innovative delivery of evidence-based strategies that empower youth, families, and communities. IMPACT Ennis is a group of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement, and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance abuse and build communities that are safe, healthy and drug-free.”

This specific week connects students with scientists and experts to clarify and spread the word about myths regarding drugs and alcohol students may gather from social media, the internet, television or friends.

“It 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," the release reads. "The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week.”

National drug prevention week will take place Monday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 29.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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