Lesson Plans

Exploring Drug Abuse through the Science of Epidemiology

Created by : 
Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal

A series of lessons within five modules explore drug issues through epidemiology and how and why diseases are distributed in the population. The modules examine six essential questions that cover who uses drugs, why some people use drugs and others do not, the possible association between the hypothesized cause and drug use, and prevention strategies.


What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 29 lessons divided into 6 modules as downloadable Powerpoints
  • Interactive activities
  • Facilitator’s guide

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Knowledge of drug abuse
  • Knowledge of epidemiology
  • Fundamental skills in science as inquiry
  • Scientific and mathematical literacy

Time / Duration: 

  • Up to 29 class periods


  • Computer to view PowerPoint presentations

  • Printer to download PowerPoint presentations

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Next Generation Science Standards


  • English