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Early Drug Abuse Prevention

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Good drugs, bad drugs, all kinds of drugs. Use this collection to expose your youngsters to the proper and improper usage of drugs. From alcohol to opioids to reading prescription medication labels, this collection is sure to get you...
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Raising Teen Awareness of Opioid Abuse

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Educate high school students about the dangers of opioids on the body and mind, the most effective ways to avoid using unprescribed or overprescribed opioids in the first place, and the latest research on the national opioid epidemic....
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In Sync Personal Development: Year 8

For Teachers 8th Standards
It’s not easy being a teen. The 10 resources in the In Sync Personal Development unit module help eighth-graders navigate the complex nature of teenage relationships, to help them make mature choices, manage peer pressure and other...
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Teaching 'The New Jim Crow'

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is the anchor text in a 10-lesson unit that looks at some of the issues of race and justice in American society and how issues have changed over time. High schoolers look at the history of race and...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Much of the opioid epidemic in America begins with a prescription pad and a pen. Teenagers work through a series of activities that introduce them to people who are recovering from an addiction to painkillers. Each lesson in this unit of...
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In Sync Personal Development: Year 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
The 10 lessons in the In Sync Personal Development unit module encourage high school sophomores to take personal responsibility for the changes in their lives and develop tactics to deal with these changes. Individuals set goals and...
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In Sync Personal Development: Year 9

For Teachers 9th Standards
Change is inevitable—learning how to manage those changes is the focus of the 10 lessons In Sync Personal Development unit module designed for high school freshmen. Scholars develop behaviors and strategies for identifying and expressing...
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Healthy Habits

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Basic cleanliness, oral hygiene, exercising, eating healthy foods, and acknowledging your feelings and emotions are some of the necessities in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Exposing children to healthy habits at an early age allows...
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National Constitution Center: Hall Pass Videos

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The National Constitution Center offers this collection of informative and entertaining videos intended to start conversations and develop critical thinking skills. Viewers learn about the rights granted by the constitution, about the...
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Drugs + Your Body—It Isn’t Pretty

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Drugs can affect all parts of the body including teeth, skin, heart, brain, and lungs. Use an interactive that explores topics like addiction and the brain, steroid use and skin breakouts, methamphetamine use and rotting teeth, smoking...
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The Dangers of Mixing Drugs

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
Drug interactions can be dangerous. Viewers of a short video learn about some well-known and some not-so-well-known interactions that can lead to serious consequences.
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Drugs, Risks and the Nervous System

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In cooperative groups, middle schoolers contemplate the probability of 18 different situations occurring. After they make predictions, they compare them to the actual risk factors. This eye-opening exercise demonstrates that the odds of...
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The Truth About Drugs

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Teenagers hear many messages about drugs from advertisements, their peers, their teachers, and their parents. But who is lying? What is the truth? A thorough, thoughtful unit takes a purposeful look at drug education, drug culture, and...
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The Brain's Response to Drugs

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Marijuana affects the brain differently than inhalants, which have a different effect than opioids. Elementary and middle school classes read about these drugs as well as nicotine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens, and steroids before...
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Drugs of Abuse

For Students 6th - 12th
Anabolic steroids, dissociative drugs, GHB & rohypnol, hallucinogens, inhalants, MDMA, methamphetamine, and nicotine. Click through a series of slides that provide viewers with the street names of these drugs and more, their methods...
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Drugs Can Be Good and Bad

For Students K - 2nd
How can you tell which drugs are helpful, and which drugs are harmful? Use a health learning exercise in your kindergarten class to determine which drugs can make you healthy. They choose from a group of pictures that includes cough...
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Drugs: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What happens to your body when you use drugs? What do you do if your friend wants you to start using? Learn about the signs of addiction and the ways to withstand peer pressure with two classroom activities. After storyboarding the...
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Drug Abuse Affects Decision Making

For Teachers 7th - 9th
In this drug abuse and decision making worksheet, young scholars read about an experiment designed to study the effects of drug use on decision making. Students draw conclusions from the data and determine if the hypothesis is correct.
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How Do Drugs Affect the Brain?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Injection, taking a pill, or inhaling are the three main ways to administer a drug. But how do these drugs affect the brain? Watch a video that explains how neurons use neurotransmitters to communicate to one another in the brain.
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Drug and Alcohol Awareness

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the statistics when it comes to teens and drug and alcohol abuse. In groups, they research the side effects of four different drugs. Using the information, they perform a skit, or puppet show to share their data...
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Drugs and Safety Precautions

For Students 5th
Drugs can both help and harm depending on how they are used. Fifth graders complete a activity that provides background information on prescription drugs. They read the text and then describe why medication manufacturers label pill...
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What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs and Disease?

For Teachers 8th - 10th
In this teens, drugs and disease worksheet, learners answer 10 multiple choice questions about HIV, AIDS, teen drug use and addiction.
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How Do Antiretroviral Drugs Work?

For Students 9th - 12th
In this biology instructional activity, students watch a series of videos and complete 10 short answer questions right after. They explain how ART drugs interrupt the life cycle of HIV.
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The I-STOP law was designed to regulate the distribution and tracking of prescription drugs. After reading an article about its signing and implementation, middle and high schoolers work together to come up with their own ideas for an...
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Drugs Awareness

For Teachers 8th
Peer pressure can lead to dangerous activities for the eighth graders in your class. Prepare them for the tough conversations in the years ahead with a set of lessons about drugs and their consequences on users' lives.
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Prescription Drug Ads

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Bayer Pharmaceuticals sold heroin as a cough medicine in the 1900s ... who knew? Scholars discover this, and other interesting facts, when they use the resource to prepare for a class discussion or debate. They browse videos, readers'...
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Unit 3: How Drugs Enter/Exit the Body

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The third of a four-part series on Pharmacology teaches scholars how drugs enter and exit the body, how they act inside the body, how they affect the brain, and more. Over the course of the unit, groups complete two labs and one...
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Drug Use and Abuse: Past and Present

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Pick your poison: tobacco, alcohol, opiates, cocaine, or marijuana. An online exhibition launches a research project that asks groups to select one of the five drugs and gather information on how the use of the drug and the regulations...
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Drugs

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Smoking, alcohol, drugs, and solvents are the topic of this informational presentation. The causes, effects, and health issues that arise from illicit drug use are all covered. While this appears to be a learner-driven presentation, it...
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Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco: What Are the Effects?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are introduced to the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In groups, they research how drugs and alcohol affect the body in terms of getting the nutritional values that it needs to be healthy. They also discuss how emotions...
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Recovery From Drug Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Are there factors that put some individuals at a higher risk for drug addiction than others? Learn more about the risk factors that may make some people more susceptible to addiction, as well as protective factors that help prevent...
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Drug Adherence and Resistance

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The FDA approved more than 25 drugs to treat HIV—and often people must use them in combination. One of the largest challenges with these medications happens due to patient error. Class members use an interactive to learn about drug...
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Drug the Water Flea

For Teachers 9th - 10th
This is a flea. This is a flea on drugs. Any questions? Your class will have questions aplenty during an impactful experiment. Lab groups get to know Daphnia magna, the humble water flea, and study the effects of stimulants and...
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The War on Drugs—Mechanisms and Effects

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The war on drugs doesn't have definite results. An interesting lesson examines the social, political, and economic effect of the war on drugs. Academics learn how the war on drugs has led to mass incarcerations and negatively affected...
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Health: Drug Education

For Students 9th - 12th
High school health hopefuls unscramble twenty-one terms related to drugs and drug use. Assign these terms for collaborative groups to research together. Follow it up by having them create anti-drug campaign posters to share on campus.
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Drugs: Grades 9-12

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do drugs do to the body and to the mind? What are the dangers of using drugs? How can teens respond to the pressure to use drugs? After reading a series of articles related to drug use and abuse, class members prepare a skit to...
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What Do Drugs Do to the Body?

For Teachers K - 12th
Students research the effects that drugs have on the human body. Using this information, they create a poster showing some of the effects of a specific drug. They work together to summarize the information they have gathered and present...
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Drugged Out Daphnia

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders participate in experiments to investigate the the effects of nicotine, caffeine, aspirin, alcohol, and sleeping pills on the heart rates of Daphina. They describe the relationships between common drugs and heart rates....
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Drug Sales Soar: Bar Graph

For Students 5th - 7th
In this graphs worksheet, students analyze a bar graph that shows retail prescription drug sales in the U.S. Students complete five problem solving questions about the data on the graph.
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Dangers of drugs, lying

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students read articles and write an essay about three college students who wanted to see what it felt like to get high. Students discuss legal and ethical questions of illegal drug use, and stealing medication from someone else. Students...
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Drugs & The Nervous System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The medicinal uses of different classes of drugs is listed on the first slide. Following slides list examples of each of the different classes. Symptoms of abuse and side effects are also listed. The format of these slides consists...
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Rx for Understanding: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Did you know more than 2,000 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day? Ensure your learners are educated about the crucial health issue of prescription drug abuse with this unit. 
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Drugs Awareness

For Teachers 10th Standards
The final lesson in a series of 10 focusing on Social, Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual (SPECS) health investigates the effects of legal and illegal substances, their risks, and the consequences of their misuse.
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Drug Education Year 6

For Students 6th
If you teach children the facts about substance abuse, you can have a positive impact on their behavior. Packed with information, activities, and advice, an extensive drug education packet is well worth an extended look.
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The Drugs Revolution and the Development of Penicillin

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Fleming, Florey, and Chain all had a hand in developing penicillin and the start of the drug revolution. From germ theory to the vaccinations that saved millions, this presentation will give upper graders the basics about the advent of...
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Drugs Awareness

For Teachers 9th Standards
Legal and illegal. Use and misuse. Risks and consequences. Myths and facts. Class members investigate the effects on the body of various drugs, including cannabis, nicotine, and alcohol.
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Drug Use in Sports

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The ancient Greeks used performance enhancing drugs, such as opium juice, when they participated in the original Olympic Games. Pupils research a website with debate topics to decide if athletes' use of such drugs in modern sports is...
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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What's the difference between medical marijuana and marijuana bought on the street? Not much. High schoolers learn more about marijuana with an informational booklet that focuses on the medical uses of THC, how marijuana affects the...
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The Nervous System and Drugs

For Students 9th - 12th
"The Nervous System & Drugs" is a collection of twenty-five short-answer questions pertaining to the human nervous system and how it reacts to various chemicals. Though designed as a chapter reading guide, not all biology texts have...
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How Americans Got Stuck with Endless Drug Commercials

For Students 9th - 12th
On average, 80 commercials for prescription drugs appear on American television every hour. Such commercials are illegal in most other countries. So why are these ads so much a part of US TV? Check out a video that presents the arguments...
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How to Engineer Health - Drug Discovery and Delivery: Crash Course Engineering #36

For Students 9th - 12th
The future of medicine involves engineering. Viewers of an educational video see how engineering plays a role in the discovery and development of new medicines. It also looks at targeted drug delivery systems, classical and reverse...
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Just Say No to Drugs

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the dangers of drugs, drug awareness and abuse and different types of drugs. They demonstrate reading comprehension sills including inference, literal meaning and critical analysis.
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Drugs

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students explore peer pressure by completing worksheets. In this drug awareness lesson, students define a long list of illegal and prescription drugs while viewing images of each drug. Students complete a word match worksheet and conduct...
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Lessons from the Street: An Introduction to Drug Education

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Looking for an introductory lesson on substance abuse? This lesson contains some very good information and an activity that will engage your learners. Anything that has a hands-on component usually grabs their attention. Have them...
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My Generation Rx: Plot Twists

For Teachers 7th - 12th
How can prescription drugs be dangerous if they were prescribed by a doctor? Is it okay to share your prescription drugs with friends if they really need them? Clear up any common misconceptions about prescription drugs with a set of...
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The Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Wouldn't it be nice if the pain came with an expiration date? Wouldn't it be nice if prescription pain killers weren't addictive? Alas, that's not how things work. To understand the dangers of opioids and other prescription pain...
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The Drug Dope Show

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In small groups, students research an assigned drug category including its physical effects, addiction treatments and the societal, academic and economic impacts of drug abuse. They engage in a "talk show" and discussion about drug...
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Drug Acrostics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research a specific drug and the drugs properties and effects. In small groups they take an online drug awareness quiz, conduct Internet research, and create an acrostic for a selected drug.
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Drugs: Prevention Tips

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students use the Internet to examine ways they can prevent using drugs. They discover the dangers of these substances and complete online quizzes.
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The Truth About "Rehab" and Drug Addiction

For Students 9th - 12th
In this drug addiction worksheet, students read an article about "rehab" and drug addiction and take a 10 question multiple choice quiz after they read to determine what they know about these two topics. Students discuss the reading and...
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Drugs Change the Way Neurons Communicate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine that certain drugs interfere selectively with neurotransmission, and realize that the effect of a drug is dependent upon dosage and route of administration.
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Designers Against Drugs

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students design and present posters that promote the idea of staying away from drugs. They conduct Internet research, and in small groups create and present their anti-drug posters.
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Straight Talk on Prescription Drugs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars discover how doctors custom fit prescription drugs to patients. For this health science instructional activity, students explain the risks associated with drug abuse. They discuss common myths about prescription drugs.
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Real Questions, Real Answers About Drugs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars brainstorm about questions they have about drugs. In this health science lesson, students research about frequently asked questions on drugs and addiction. They explain why it is important to get accurate information.
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Prescription Drug Abuse: Teens in Danger

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify the most abused prescription drugs. In this drug awareness lesson plan, students discuss the harmful effects of taking drugs prescribed to someone else. They take a quiz before and after the lesson plan to check how...
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Role Play "Saying No To Drugs"

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine the positive and negative aspects of different types of drugs. They discuss when drugs help and when they cause harm, create a paper plate puppet, and participate in a role-play with a partner using their puppets.
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Drug Abuse and Impairment

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss the consequences of abusing drugs. In this drug awareness lesson, students complete a worksheet to find out how much they know about the danger of drugs. They suggest ways to avoid this situation.
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Get To Know the Truth on Drug Use Around You

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine various opinions about alcohol and drug use. They complete a drug use survey, tally, analyze, and discuss the results, discuss the school's drug use, and write a journal response.
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Stress and Drug Abuse

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars identify the different causes of stress. In this health science lesson plan, students find the connection between stress and drug abuse. They discuss about the different kinds of stress they experience everyday.
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Drug Abuse in Social Settings: A Serious Task for Teens

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss why drug abuse risk is higher in social settings. In this health science lesson, students interpret real life statistics on teen drug use. They describe refusal and prevention strategies.
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Health Literacy and Drug Abuse

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars brainstorm about the different health issues facing teens today. In this health science lesson, students discuss the danger associated with drug abuse. They recommend ways to stay healthy.
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The Flip Side of Club Drugs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the influences of club drugs on America's culture. They identify the characteristics of these drugs and how they are used. They examine drug sources and discuss how to increase community awareness.
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Information And Advice On Drugs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify and analyze a variety of sources for information and statistics on drugs. They map out why its important to know the facts about drugs. In addition, they show examples of what happens when you use drugs of any kind.
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Regulating Drugs: The Creation of the FDA

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers view a video about the Food and Drug Administration. They research its history and functions. They examine problems facing society today. They compare and contrast these issues with those faced during the Progressive Era.
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Statistical Drug Abuse and Adolescents in the U.S.A.

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners examine statistics of teenagers using alcohol and marijuana. In groups, they brainstorm the reasons why they believe usage is higher than in years past. As a class, they role-play different roles in scenerios to help them...
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Breaking News English: Drugs

For Students 5th - 10th
In this drugs instructional activity, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions,...
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Unit Conversion Example: Drug Dosage

For Students 7th - 9th
An example of unit conversion using drug dosage is the focus of this video. Sal, the all-knowing pre-algebra guide, takes a problem from a nursing class to show the process of unit conversion within an algebraic expression. This helpful...
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Is Sugar a Drug?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know that sugar stimulates the same areas of the brain as cocaine and heroin? As part of a biology playlist, the thought-provoking video discusses if sugar should be considered a drug. It talks about our need for sugar, our...
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My Anti-Drug

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss and then create a bookmark and/or poster with a drawing and/or words on it which is their personal "anti-drug"--an alternative for them to using drugs.
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Drug and Alcohol Prevention

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders investigate the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. They prepare a written report on the chosen topic related to drugs and/or alcohol. Students utilize technology to share the information about alcohol and/or drugs with an...
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Drug Sales Soar - Rate of Change

For Students 5th - 10th
In this prescription drug worksheet, students answer short answer questions and create graphs on the sales of prescription drugs over a five year span. Students complete six questions.
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Therapeutic Drugs Expert Group

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this medical worksheet, students gather in-depth information on how well therapeutic drugs can effectively prevent the spread of disease. They explore three stations and give examples where therapeutics have been used successfully and...
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Medication Safety for Teens

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The most valuable way to protect teenagers from prescription drug abuse is to equip them with knowledge. An informative slideshow covers various aspects of prescription drug safety, including the importance of keeping one's prescription...
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Mouse Party

For Students 7th - 12th
This is a note-taking chart for an interactive lesson on the effects of different drugs on brain activity. Middle schoolers choose a lab mouse and put it into a viewer to see what brain chemicals are being affected. They record the...
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What are Safe and Unsafe Drugs/Medicines/Objects?

For Teachers K
Students examine safe and healthy scenarios. As a class, they participate in an activity in which they identify a situation as either safe or unsafe as well as healthy or unhealthy. Once class activity is complete, individuals repeat the...
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A World Torn by Drugs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore different drug issues that have affected international relations.
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A Prescription for Drug Success

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore criticisms of the pharmaceutical drug industry. They also become aware of the difficult and lengthy process of testing new drugs by inventing fictional drugs and testing plans.
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Good Drugs, Bad Drugs

For Students 3rd - 4th
Add a science experiment on medicine and drugs to your health lesson. After reading a paragraph on the difference between helpful and harmful drugs, kids choose which pictures of bottles they could find at a pharmacy. The last activity...
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The Science of Caffeine: The World's Most Popular Drug

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Discover the science behind the world's most popular drug. Scholars explore the neural effects of caffeine in an episode of the larger ACS Reactions playlist. The presenter explains how caffeine impacts different neurotransmitters in the...
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Drug Education Tobacco Year 8

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Research findings suggest one of the best ways to deter smoking by teens is to help them develop a negative attitude to smoking. Two activities prompt class members to conduct an experiment that reveals how tar is captured in smokers'...
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Drug Education Tobacco Year 7

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A series of activities encourages young people to be smoke free. Class members identify the chemicals found in cigarettes and cigarette smoke, investigate the health risks, and practice refusal strategies.
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The House That Drugs Built

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students evaluate the long and short term effects of substance abuse on the individual, family, and society. The lesson includes numerous instructional and learning strategies such as role-playing, discussion, research, demonstrations,...
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Drugs

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Young scholars investigate drugs by identifying which ones are illegal and potentially harmful.  In this medicine activity, students complete worksheets in which they role play situations where they have found or ingested drugs and...
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No To Drugs and Alcohol

For Teachers K
Students sing the song "I Am Strong." They discuss why drugs and alcohol are bad for them. Students draw a picture showing themselves saying no to drugs. They write a short description about their picture.
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Drugs And The Law Opinion Poll

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students are given statements about the war on drugs and they are to decide if they agree or disagree with them.
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Drug Word Search

For Students 6th - 8th
In this health learning exercise, students find the terms that are related to the subject of drug and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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The Other Drug War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the concepts of media literacy and how they apply to prescription drug advertising. They watch and discuss the Frontline video, "The Other Drug War," complete a worksheet, and answer questions regarding magazine drug...
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My Anti-Drug

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the benefits of alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. They discuss the concept of "the anti-drug," develop a list of alternative activities to be involved in, and design a poster illustrating their anti-drug of choice.
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Several Types of Date Rape Drugs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners research different types of date rape drugs using the assigned websites. They discuss the information they find before choosing one of the drugs to research further. They write a report to share with classmates.
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Drugs on Trial

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the district's tobacco, alcohol, and drug policy to analyze violation situations. They brainstorm a list of behavior changes that indicate the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, read and discuss the district policy,...
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The Dangers of Club Drugs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the physiological and psychological effects of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs on individuals using the assigned websites. They write a report using the information which they present to the class.
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Drug Filtering

For Students 9th - 11th
In this chemistry worksheet, learners calculate the amount of drug found in someones blood based on how long they have been taking the drug. There are 5 questions.
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Who Uses Club Drugs?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interview others to gather information about club drug use and the misleading information that is portrayed in the media. They practice interviewing others before conducting the actual interviews on friends, and family members....
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Prescription Drug Abuse Series "Changes for Life"

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students discover the affects of prescription drug abuse. In this drug awareness lesson plan, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This lesson...
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Globalization: Prescription Drug Prices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars take a closer look at prescription drug prices in the United States and around the world. In this global issues lesson, students investigate health care costs, consider the impact of global prescription agreements, and...
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Launch Biotechnology into Your Classroom: Drug Delivery and Diffusion

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students distinguish between diffusion and osmosis and describe ways that drugs can be administered.  In this diffusion lesson students research career paths and create a presentation to give to the class. 
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Health - Lesson Plan on Prescription Drug Prices

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the issue of prescription drug prices in the United States. They discover how globalization impacts the available remedies to lower the costs to American consumers. They participate in a mock U.S. Senate Commerce Committee
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Breaking News English: Drug Companies

For Students 5th - 10th
In this drug companies learning exercise, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions,...
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The Effects of "Recreational" Drugs on the Development of Chick Embryos as a Model for Human Embryogenesis

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students conduct experiments on fertilized chicken embryos to determine the possible developmental effects that various recreational drugs (caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and aspirin) might have on them.
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Decisions and Consequences

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Teach young learners that most drug addictions end in one of three outcomes: treatment, jail, or death. After watching a short video segment on the consequences of drug abuse, class members discuss what they viewed and consider what...
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Dendritic Spines Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This is your brain on drugs ... literally! Your neuroscientists-in-training examine the evidence of drug use on the human brain and how neurons change their connectivity when altered by drugs. They then work together to create testing...
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How Does Caffeine Keep Us Awake?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
You might want to put down your coffee for this one. Discover the science behind this stimulant, its origins, side-effects, and benefits of the most widely used drug: caffeine.
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Performance Enhancing Drugs

For Students 9th - 12th
There is science behind the adage, "Cheaters never prosper!" Biochemistry or physical education classes find out how steroids, blood doping, and other performance-enhancing methods claim to work, and how unreliable and even dangerous...
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War on Drugs, "RIP"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars watch the episode of Investigative Reports examines the losing battle countries worldwide are conducting against the drug trade. Because of the lucrative profits of the drug trade, authorities cannot end the illegal...
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The House That Drugs Built

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students evaluate the effects of drug use on behavior, appearance and the ability to contribute to society.  In this drug education lesson students analyze the relationship between drug use and injury, violence and criminal activity. 
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Bush Plans Hit on Drug Use

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the topic of drug abuse. For this health journalism lesson, students read the USA Today article titled "Bush Plans Hit on Drub Abuse," respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based...
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Learning To Make Healthy Decisions on Drug And Alcohol Use

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how to make informed choices regarding drug and alcohol use. They participate in a class discussion about drug and alcohol use, and in small groups develop scenarios and solutions about helping a friend or relative who...
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Drugs In The Olympics

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars brainstorm and discuss the issues raised by Olympic drug cheating from history as well as today. They bring in examples of individuals who have been accused of drug cheating and examine their situations. In addition, they...
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Drugs In Sports

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore why drug testing happens and why drug use is a problem in sports. Students classify the consequences of using drugs while participating in sports. Students relate drug usage in their own lives and school backgrounds.
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Making Good Decisions: Drug and Alcohol Reports

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students identify the effects and consequences of using and abusing alcohol and drugs. In this drug education lesson, students watch a video about underage drinking. Students research an assigned drug and compose a PowerPoint...
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Drug Abuse: Altered States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view an "In the Mix" video about drug abuse. They participate in a discussion about the video, distinguish several facts and myths about drug use, identify how drugs can affect people's lives and engage in role-playing the...
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Drug Free Poster Design

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create drug free posters on computers in order to promote the abstinence of not consuming drugs. They present their poster to the class with their small group. They display posters in various areas of the school.
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Anti-drug Shock Tactics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students evaluate the effectiveness of 'shock tactics' to discourage drug abuse. They view a video about the death of a 21-year-old heroin addict. In small groups they discuss the video and complete comment sheet.
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"Drug Abuse Brochure"

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students understand the facts about drugs and what can also impact the whole school population.  In this drug information lesson students complete research on the Internet and a drug abuse crossword handout. 
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Globalization101.org Lesson Plan on Prescription Drug Prices

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Pupils examine the issue of prescription drug prices in the United States. They research the issue and participate in a mock US Senate hearing on the subject.
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Date Rape Drugs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study the potential dangers of date rape drugs. They analyze the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs on humans including: physiological effects and psychological effects. They identify strategies in order to...
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Studies against the use of drugs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners evaluate information regarding studies that highlight the prevention of drug use. They acquire knowledge on the topic in order to inform others. They compose a report/essay on the information that they have learned.
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Drugs

For Students 5th - 6th
For this drugs worksheet, students complete a table on drug types, list three reasons why drugs are dangerous and give two reasons why people get addicted to drugs.
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Q & A on Prescription Drugs

For Students 5th - 10th
In this prescription drugs activity, students read a 1 page passage on prescription drugs and answer critical thinking questions. Students answer 5 questions total.
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Alcohol and Other Drugs

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers take a quiz about substance abuse, then discuss the answers. They read and analyze the top five reasons students give for using alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs and discuss ways for them to make healthy choices.
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Abstaining from Drugs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students state refusal skills to promote abstinence from tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. They work in cooperative teams to complete a blindfolded race through an obstacle course by identifying refusal skills.
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Drugs Info

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders understand the effects of substance abuse and then in pairs, they use a KWL chart to assess their prior knowledge of drugs; healthy and unhealthy. Then as a whole group, 5th graders provide feedback and are introduced to...
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Drug Awareness: A Public Service Announcement

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss whether they can make a difference in the fight against drugs.
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Modeling the Effects of Drugs

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners explore the concept of modeling data.  In this modeling data instructional activity, students determine how long it takes for drugs to exit the blood stream.  Learners plot the line y=x and compare it to the line representing...
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What Are Friends For?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students develop an awareness of the behaviors signaling that a friend may be in trouble with alcohol or drugs of abuse. They practice ways to encourage a friend to seek out adult help by viewing a video, role-playing situations, writing...
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Programming the "Rinse Robot"

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Experienced chemistry technicians use then layer chromatography to discover how much of a free compound is left after each rinse cycle. Where this could obviously be used as a practice with chromatography technique, it can also be used...
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Consequences

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New Review11 lessons, designed to be used in consecutive order, ask middle and high school scholars to consider the effects of various drugs and the consequences of taking them for themselves and their families. They also develop the communication...
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Green Chemistry - Principle 2

For Students 9th - 12th
Less waste just makes more sense! Young environmental chemists examine one of the key best practices in the production of prescription drugs. Basing reactions on chirality and optimizing conditions, pharmaceutical companies can create...
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Dragon's Blood Could Save Your Life

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Ancient life begets new medicines. An informative video describes how scientists are developing innovative drugs using blood and other biological components from animals. It focuses on Komodo dragons, sea sponges, and horseshoe crabs.
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Binge Drinking and Drug Use

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners critically evaluate young peoples' comments on under age drinking. They map out valleys tieing together communities and drinking problems in a variety of situation. In addition, they correlate drinking and education in schools...
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Brain Buzz: Effects of Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol and Drugs on Learning

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students understand how the brain functions and how they can promote a healthy lifestyle.  In this health lesson students complete several activities including investigating how stimulates affect the brain.
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Medicine

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Go over the importance of staying safe when handling or coming into contact with medicine. This very short presentation covers some of the key dangers and reasons why children should be careful around prescription drugs.
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: The Cycle of Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Drug addiction, including prescription drug addiction, begins with a reason that's different for every user. High schoolers learn more about the reasons people begin abusing drugs with a set of videos and worksheets that discuss four...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Myth or Fact

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Are opioids the most abused drug after marijuana? How hard is it for young people to obtain painkillers without a prescription? Middle and high schoolers explore the growing epidemic of opioid addiction with a lesson that prompts them to...
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What Are Safe and Unsafe Drugs/Medicines/Objects?

For Teachers K Standards
Encourage responsible decision-making while boosting sorting skills with a activity that looks at safe and unsafe situations. Scholars use two bags, one happy the other sad, to sort scenario cards. After a thorough examination,...
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How One Scientist Averted a National Health Crisis

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Between 1957 and 1962, thousands of infants born in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany had serious deformities due to thalidomide, a drug marketed to pregnant women as a mild sleeping aid and to relieve pregnancy nausea. However, the...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Contemplating Nature vs. Nurture

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does having an addict in your family make it more likely to become one yourself? Explore the genetic risk factors, as well as the prominent environmental influences, for substance addiction in a lesson that encourages awareness and open...
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Investigating the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How bad is the opioid crisis in America? Has it gotten worse in the last few decades? Why? High schoolers delve into these questions with a thorough and thoughtful lesson from The New York Times on heroin prescription opioids. Starting...
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Mathematics in Bioengineering: Its Application for Today's Students

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the different fields of bioengineering. They will create and interpret graphs from cancel cells data. They then calculate the amount of drugs found in blood and eliminated by the body over time.
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My Generation Rx: Minute Activities

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Want to discuss the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teenagers, but running out of class time? A series of short, straightforward activities address topics such as sharing prescription drugs, coping mechanisms for stress, and...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Learning About Opioids

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Feeling high is not the only side effect of abusing prescription opioids. Middle and high schoolers learn more about specific painkillers, including Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and Clonazepam, as well as their common brand names and extensive...
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Crossing the Synaptic Gap

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in...
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The Economics of Dallas Buyers Club

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
How do entrepreneurship and crony capitalism intersect with federal regulation and the Food and Drug Administration in Dallas Buyers Club? This is a fascinating video that covers a wealth of economic concepts while referencing the recent...
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ESL Holiday Lessons: Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

For Students 6th - 10th
To practice their emerging language skills, English Learners read an article, "Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking." They complete six matching questions, 29 fill-in-the-blanks, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble...
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My Choice is Drug-Free

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the role music plays in influencing ideas and behaviors. They read and analyze lyrics of current songs that contain suggestions of alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use, participate in a class discussion about the...
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Survey Reveals Teen Use of Ecstasy, Other Illegal Drugs Declined in '02

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore illegal use. In this health journalism lesson, students read the USA Today article titled "Survey Reveals Teen Use of Ecstasy, Other Illegal Drugs Declined in '02", respond to discussion questions regarding the article,...
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Legal/Illegal Drugs

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students distinguish between legal and illegal drugs, and identify the harmful effects of drug dependence.
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No To Drugs!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students determine ways to stay drug free by becoming more confident. They listen to a teacher read aloud before discussing when drugs can be helpful and when they can be harmful. They draw pictures of children saying no to drugs which...
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Drug Free

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students demonstrate the ability to put a border around a text. They insert Word Art and a Text Box. Pupils are reminded that each year they spend a week focusing on being drug free. Students discuss ways that they can influence others...
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Latest Trend in Drug Abuse: Youths Risk Death for Cough-Remedy High

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore over-the-counter drug abuse. In this health journalism instructional activity, students read the USA Today article titled "Latest Trend in Drug Abuse: Youths Risk Death for Cough-Remedy High", respond to discussion...
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Prescription for Trouble

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students consider the risks of the over-the-counter (OTC) drug use. In this personal health lesson, students watch "Prescription for Trouble," and discuss illegal use of drugs. Students complete a survey about OTC and illegal drug use in...
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The Cycle of Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine how families and peers influence their decision making.  In this addiction instructional activity students study the cycle of addiction to drugs and what can be done to prevent it. 
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Drugonyms

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students research information about the effects of drug abuse. They take a quiz, conduct Internet research and write a "drugonym" where each letter in the name of an assigned drug begins a new sentence or paragraph describing properties...
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Commercial Time. Don't Turn that Channel!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students review information on drug abuse and types of drugs and then learn about alcohol and other drug abuse in a hands on activity. In addition, they learn about kinds of drugs and the effects of drug abuse on the body.
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Fighting Fire with Fire

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the effects of drugs and drug treatment programs in the science or health classroom.
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Special Treatment

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students determine the role of the FDA in approving new drugs. They investigate some of these new drugs and consider the pros and cons of taking part in a clinical study.
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Getting it Straight

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a drug abuse survey to evaluate their parents' knowledge of the current drug abuse problems in our country. They develop questions, vote on the top ten for the survey, and tally the anonymous results. This is the third...
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Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students warn others about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. In this personal health lesson, students research the effects of addiction and share their findings with their classmates. Students then create posters or songs that...
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Comparing Brain Images

For Students 8th - 12th
In this brain worksheet, students use an on line source to study the effects of drug use on brain function. They color a normal functioning brain and a cocaine addicted brain to show the differences.
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This Is Your Brain on Pot

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the causes and effects of marijuana addiction and research how THC affects different areas of the brain. They synthesize their knowledge by creating print advertisements that inform teenagers about the physiologic danger...
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A Test Case for Individual Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the different points of view regarding testing students for drug use. They then work in pairs to create and perform dialogues that flesh out two sides of the argument around this controversial issue.
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High-Risk Areas

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners create concept maps exploring causes of drug abuse that, in Siberia and around the world, often lead to the contraction of H.I.V., and develop solutions papers.
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"What's in an Ad?"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine how advertising and media shape attitudes about tobacco, alcohol and drug use. They look at advertisements from newspapers and magazines to determine what message the advertisers are conveying to their audience.
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The Brain: What's Going on in There?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine images of human brains that illustrate that specific regions of the brain regulate specific functions. They extend that knowledge to examine how drugs of abuse activate an area of the brain called the reward system.
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Self Esteem

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students consider the innate goodness of all people and the role self esteem plays in making decisions. They participate in a group role play about drug use and self esteem and answer discussion questions about the characters.
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All the King's Men Theme of Drugs and Alcohol

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this literary analysis learning exercise, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes of Drugs and Alcohol in All the King's Men. Students also debate the validity of two thesis statements about the text.
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Drugs

For Students 7th - 10th
In this drugs activity, students list reason why people abuse drugs and reasons drugs can be dangerous. Students also list signs that someone is abusing drugs. This activity has 1 multiple choice and 3 short answer questions.
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Health Problems: Drugs

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this drug abuse worksheet, students answer 3 questions related to taking medicine properly, then answer 4 additional questions about what to do when they feel sick in different situations.
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Learn to Be Smart and Safe with Medicine

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The stated purpose of a school tool kit is to help schools implement teen prescription drug abuse awareness programs. The kit includes actions that groups can take in the school, with parents, and in the community at large.
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: The Brain on Autopilot

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
For some people, the force of addiction can be as biologically compelling as the drive for food or water. High schoolers watch a video segment about Ryan, a recovering addict, and learn more about how opioids and other drugs can affect...
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Facts About Marijuana

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Can marijuana help with depression? Are there any long-term effects of using marijuana? Is it safer to drive high than it is to drive drunk? Several important facts about marijuana challenge pupils to confront the myths they may believe...
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Project ALERT

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Why do people use drugs? What are the consequences? The alternatives? How can young people resist the pressures to use drugs? The Project Alert drug prevention program provides middle schoolers with the information they need and the...
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My Generation Rx: Champions of Rx

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What is the number one reason teens say they misuse prescription drugs? Are all prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you illegal to use? Answer these questions and more with a trivia game that includes survey topics and...
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My Generation Rx: Lead the Scene

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Prescription drugs may start out with legitimate usage, but lately they are finding their way to high school and college party life. Have a discussion with the teenagers in your class on prescription drug abuse with a PowerPoint...
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Unit 4: The Brain

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Drugs interact with the brain to alter moods, emotions, and behaviors by changing the brain's chemistry, perceptions, and interactions. The final lesson in the Pharmacology unit shows scholars experiments, has them complete four labs,...
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Intoxication: In the Arms of Morpheus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A comprehensive instructional activity that takes a look at psychoactive plants with this one focusing on the opium poppy. Information about the history, culture, use, source and effects are discussed. There are weblinks to reliable...
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How Does Adderall™ Work?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How does taking a drug designed to speed the body up calm a brain that's working too fast already? Health scholars examine the effects of Adderall and other amphetamine compounds using a video from the American Chemical Society's...
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Consider the Source

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Who is more trustworthy when it comes to marijuana: a high school student, or The National Institute on Drug Abuse? Sources matter when reading informational text. Help teenagers discern which facts are true with an activity that focuses...
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Analyzing Media Messages

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Telling young people to just say no can be difficult in a world that inundates them with messages to just say yes. A lesson on media messages encourages teenagers to analyze song lyrics and advertisements that mention drugs and/or...
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Altered States

For Students 9th - 12th
Episode 10 of a 13-part psychology Crash Course builds on learning from previous videos to explain the workings of altered states of consciousness. Hypnosis, psychoactive drugs, and non-drug induced hallucinations are all explored in a...
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Drug Education Tobacco Year 9

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Middle schoolers investigate the effects of tobacco use on the four major spheres of a person's life. They then compare the safety of conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The lesson ends with class members practicing techniques for...
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Illegal Drugs And Harmful Substances

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students have a general discussion what illegal drugs and harmful substances are, some reasons people use them, and how those people's behavior changes.
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Biotechnology: Drug Delivery and Diffusion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover advances in biomedical technology such as transdermal delivery and other non-invasive procedures. In lab activities, they examine how medication is given and how molecules travel, observe electrophoresis, and conduct...
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Breaking News English: UN Says World Shifting to Synthetic Drugs

For Students 6th - 8th
In this ESL instructional activity, students first read an article about addictive prescription drugs. Students complete all or some of the 100 exercises and activities pertaining to the article. Included are vocabulary, discussion,...
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Club Drug Facts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create fact sheets that provide information about club drugs. They include the dangers of the drugs and the effects on one's body. They collaborate with one another in order to complete their fact sheets.
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The Other Drug War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view the film "The Other Drug War" and discuss its content. They participate in a class debate over prescription drug pricing and complete a worksheet to use a discussion guide after viewing the film.
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Red Ribbon Locomotor Stations (for Drug Free America Week)

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students are introduced to the Red Ribbon campaign. In groups, they travel between a stations to discover how to stay away from drugs and how to say no. To end the lesson, they practice their locomotor skills to reinforce the strategies.
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Characteristics of Tobacco, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research about the characteristics and harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. In this health science lesson, 7th graders organize the information they found on the internet and create a PowerPoint...
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Parents are unawareof Ecstasy risk:Anti-drug Education

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars read an article on parents unawareness of Ecstasy use. In this current events lesson, students infer issues related to teen drug use and parent prevention and engage in a class discussion. Young scholars give a quiz...
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Researchers on Club Drugs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils create group brochures on the dangers of "club drugs." They research using the websites listed on the lesson and work with a group in order to complete a brochure. They promote their brochures to their peers in the school and...