Lesson Plans

Mind Over Matter Series

Created by : 
National Institute on Drug Abuse

A set of nine visually appealing booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids—that explain how the drugs change the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects.


Please Note: When ordering booklets, English-language booklets are ordered individually. Spanish-language booklets are ordered as a kit, with the exception of Prescription Drugs, which must be ordered separately.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 9 booklets each addressing one drug topic
  • Teacher’s guide (online and English only)

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of biological drugs effects
  • Skills in reading comprehension

Time / Duration: 

  • 1-2 class periods


  • Computer with Internet access per 1-2 students OR
  • Order free copies of the booklets for students


  • English
  • Spanish