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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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Cocaine

Mind Over Matter Series: Cocaine

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how cocaine changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Mind Over Matter Series: Hallucinogens

Mind Over Matter Series: Hallucinogens

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how hallucinogens changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Mind Over Matter Series: Inhalants

Mind Over Matter Series: Inhalants

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how inhalants changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Mind Over Matter Series: Marijuana

Mind Over Matter Series: Marijuana

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how marijuana changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Mind Over Matter Series: Methamphetamine

Mind Over Matter Series: Methamphetamine

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how methamphetamine changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Mind Over Matter Series: Nicotine

Mind Over Matter Series: Nicotine

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how nicotine changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Opioids

Mind Over Matter Series: Opioids

August 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how opioids change the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. The Teacher’s Guide (online and English only) includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.  

Grade: 6-9

Mind Over Matter Series: Prescription Drugs

Mind Over Matter Series: Prescription Drugs

July 2016

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

Grade: 6-9

Mouse Party

Mouse Party

October 2015

Teens learn how different kinds of drugs change the natural state of a mouse’s brain. Alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and methamphetamine change the communication pathways between neurons and affect neurotransmission.

Grade: 9-12

ONE-DA

ONE-DA, Online Neuroscience Education about Drug Addiction

October 2015

A college-level high school course that uses drug abuse and addiction as a context to address core biology concepts that are aligned with national and Washington state science education standards. Students explore how psychoactive drugs affect the brain from the molecular and behavioral perspectives.

Grade: 12

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