Lesson Plans

Drugs in the News: Brain Power!

Created by : 
National Institute on Drug Abuse

This module presents information about steroids, methamphetamine (meth), and so-called "club drugs": GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, and MDMA, and their portrayal in the media. Students learn about the effects of each drug and how use of these drugs affects individuals and our society as a whole. Following the lesson, students will a long-term media watch competition. Additional activities include a "ripple effects" handout, a debate, the student magazine, and the CD-ROM. This is one of six modules designed for students in grades 6-9 to learn about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 1 step-by-step module
  • Resources for students
  • Parents guides
  • Online activities
  • CD-ROM activities (online version)

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Explain the effects that methamphetamine, steroids, and many common “club drugs” can have on the brain and body.
  • Understanding of the relationship between the effects of these drugs on the brain and body and addiction.
  • Understanding of the dangers of these drugs and are aware of their presence in our society.
  • Identify and critically analyze media information about methamphetamine, steroids, and “club drugs.”

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Computer with Internet access
  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards


  • English