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Find more than 90 FREE classroom lessons, multimedia activities, and more on the effects of drugs and drug use on the brain, body, and life of teens – all funded or created by NIDA.
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Drug Scene Investigators

Drug Scene Investigators

October 2015

Students are introduced to four short stories, each involving use of an illicit drug. The students must use clues from the stories, witnesses, and scenes, and from doing laboratory experiments to develop a hypothesis and identify the drug in the story.

Grade: 6-9

Drug Testing: A Hair-Brained Idea!

Drug Testing: A Hair-Brained Idea!

July 2016

In this interactive module, the distribution of drugs throughout the bloodstream and their accumulation in a specific target (i.e., hair) is used to teach students about the chemical properties of drugs, the properties of biological membranes, conversion of drugs to metabolites by enzymes in the liver, and more.  This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

Drugs + Your Body: Teacher's Edition

Drugs + Your Body

July 2016

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, teaches students about some of the devastating effects drugs can have on their bodies. A work sheet explains how alcohol can magnify the effects of some drugs and encourages students to think about how combining dangerous substances could make them even more dangerous.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs + Your Body Interactive

Drugs + Your Body Interactive

July 2016

An interactive activity, developed in partnership with Scholastic, that provides scientific information about how drugs and alcohol can harm a person’s brain, skin, lungs, mouth, and heart, and even cause death. Students can explore the interactive activity, which includes videos, quizzes, and links to further resources, as a group or individually.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty

July 2016

This poster and set of worksheets, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provide students with scientific facts about how drugs affect different parts of the body, including the brain, and encourages them to think critically about how drug use can affect a person’s health and interpersonal relationships. Facts about drug use are presented in scientific charts and statistics, which students must read and understand to complete the worksheet activities.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs + Your Brain

Drugs + Your Brain

May 2016

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provides scientific information about four major areas of the brain and what they do. Students learn how common drugs—such as marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine—affect different areas of the brain. The student article also discusses the chemical changes in the brain that can lead to drug addiction and overdoses.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs + Your Life: Teacher's Edition

Drugs + Your Life

July 2016

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn some statistics about drug use and associated risks, such as the fact that young drivers are 17 times more likely to be involved in a crash if alcohol is involved than if alcohol is not involved. The lesson includes information on how researchers develop statistics and how to evaluate sources of statistics to determine whether they are reliable. A work sheet includes math problems for students to develop their own statistics.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs and Health logo

Drugs and Health Blog

October 2015

Timely blog posts feature emerging trends and apply the science of drug abuse to real life. The teacher’s guide features classroom activities and discussion questions for use with selected posts to encourage students to think critically about how drugs and drug abuse can affect them.

Grade: 6-10

Drugs and Health Blog: Alcohol

Drugs and Health Blog: Alcohol

August 2016

Timely blog posts feature emerging trends and apply the science of drug use to real life. The teacher’s guide features classroom activities and discussion questions for use with selected posts to encourage students to think critically about how drugs and drug use can affect them.

Grade: 6-10

Drugs and Health Blog: Anabolic Steroids

Drugs and Health Blog: Anabolic Steroids

August 2016

Timely blog posts feature emerging trends and apply the science of drug abuse to real life. The teacher’s guide features classroom activities and discussion questions for use with selected posts to encourage students to think critically about how drugs and drug abuse can affect them.

Grade: 6-10

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