Empowering Teens: NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time

This evidence-based toolkit provides a complete array of resources and information on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time. The activities are designed for educators, parents, youth-serving organizations and anyone who has the opportunity to educate teens. The kit includes science-based activities and lessons, each with complete instructions for use in the out of school time setting. The toolkit is adaptable, with resources that are meant to be used together or apart.


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Teacher's toolkit

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding of how drugs alter the brain
  • Understanding of the impact of drug use on teens
  • Social influences of drug use
  • Application of scientific facts to make health decisions

Time / Duration:

  • Multiple class periods over time


Printer/copier to download and print drug fact pages and other materials (optional)

Alignment with National Standards:

  • National Science Education Standards


  • English

Educator's Guide