When taken as prescribed, prescription stimulants can safely and effectively treat ADHD. But misusing them has serious health risks, including addiction. In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students read the article “What You Need to Know About Prescription Stimulants” to help them understand the very real health risks of misusing these drugs. Then, assign the “Important Facts About Addiction” activity sheet, and guide students to synthesize what they have learned by creating an eye-catching infographic for other teens. Suggestions for remote learning are included.
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