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Activities to Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Use these prevention activity ideas to help teens learn about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

These activities are part of PEERx. PEERx is an online educational initiative that provides science-based information about prescription drug abuse prevention.

Wear The Message

Wear

Wear the Message

Have students bring in t-shirts or other clothing items and use NIDA's Downloads Creator to iron on designs. Students also can personalize their own iron-on shirts with their own messages.

Assemble for an activity

Assemble

Hold a School Assembly

There's no better way to spread the word throughout your school about the dangers of prescription drug abuse than to hold an assembly that everyone can attend.

Predict the future

Predict

Predict the Future

Make Prescription Drug Abuse Fortune Tellers to show the possible side effects of abusing prescription drugs.

Brodcast yourself

Broadcast

Write and Broadcast a Radio PSA

Contact local radio stations to ask them to play the winning spot as a public service announcement or to interview the student with the winning spot about the project.

Meditation

De-stress

Host a "Relieve The Stress Fest!"

Demonstrate a variety of simple stress reduction techniques.

Investigate

Investigate

Create a Classroom CSI

Start at the end where a teen is in the hospital as a result of Rx drug abuse. Work backward to find out what drug the person took.

Chat

Chat

Participate in Drug Facts Chat Day

Encourage students to participate in Chat Day by asking the scientists the best questions.

Design

Design

Hold an Art or Poster Design Contest

Students' posters should show the effects of prescription drug abuse on the brain. Display the most compelling posters around the school.

Proclaim

Proclaim

Issue a Proclamation for Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Day

A proclamation is a great way to spread the word!