NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Teacher's Guide

Activity One

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Objectives

The student will learn that cocaine affects neurotransmission in the mesolimbic dopamine system, sometimes referred to as the pleasure center.

Activity

Remind students that cocaine activates the brain's pleasure center, which involves the brainstem, limbic system, and frontal cortex. Students will then produce colorful diagrams of the system, labeling important parts, and provide a brief written description of the different structures.