National Drug Fact Week is an opportunity to learn. It is not mandated by our organizations or a part of any certification. It is a choice we make. Besides learning about drug facts, this is also an opportunity to engage in a social media campaign -- to build our skills and capacity. A both/and.
What you can do as a prevention provider or coalition leader both online and offline?
- Like the NIDA's Drug Facts page on Facebook
- Post to facebook or twitter, and ask your friends/followers to repost or retweet your update to their circles so we experience the ripple effect
- Repost (share) and retweet the postings of others including NIDA - it only takes a click.
- Post a blog update about this special event. Not sure what to say? NIDA has prepared some drafts to get you started.
- Share the Drug Facts Quiz link via twitter, facebook, your website or blog. (English AND Spanish)
- Visit the Sara Bellum Blog and share the link with your circles, especially youth for whom the blog is designed.
- If you have a digital newsletter, do an e-newsblast to alert your circles of influence and community partners.
- Having a staff meeting? Host a conversation about drug facts week. Encourage staff to take the Drug Facts Challenge.
- If you're having a coalition meeting, host a conversation among members and provide the link to the NIDA website so they too can join in.
Are you new to social media and uncertain about what to say? Visit NIDA's CyberShoutOut page. They've helped by providing drafts to help get you started. There's blog drafts, suggested tweets and facebook updates and logos/images. Use or edit them to fit your networks.
Is social media really not your thing? That's okay. You can follow tweet postings here (you do NOT need a twitter account to follow the conversation.
Most of all talk with the people around you about these facts, they may not know what you know as a prevention professional or coalition leader, talk about it -- learn together. Spread the knowledge. Invite inquiry.
What'd I miss?
What other ideas do you have for encouraging learning and amplifying the facts about drugs using social media?