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Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

July 2016

This interactive module introduces high school students to basic biology and chemistry principles using the pharmacokinetics of cocaine and crack cocaine. Students learn how the structure of a drug affects whether it can be smoked and whether it can pass through a biological membrane. This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

Drugs and Health Blog: Cocaine

Drugs and Health Blog: Cocaine

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

Drugs On the Street: Brain Power!

Drugs On the Street: Brain Power!

July 2016

This module discusses the short- and long-term effects of heroin and cocaine, including addiction. Following the lesson, the students will participate in an acronym activity as part of the Challenge series. 

Grade: 6-9

Gene Expression is Changed by Cocaine

D’Scerner: Critical Thinking of a Study: Genetic Analysis Shows Gene Expression is Changed by Cocaine

October 2017

Students use critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving skills to evaluate scientific evidence on the epigenetic effects of cocaine. Students develop scientific “habits of mind” as they learn the process of creating a scientific study and compare and contrast their analysis with that of traditional media articles. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers.

Grade: 6-8


Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Cocaine

November 2019

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. This booklet is part of a series focused on easy-to-understand scientific facts.

Grade: 5-9