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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

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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

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 and Health Blog: Heroin

Drugs and Health Blog: Heroin

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 and Health Blog: Marijuana

Drugs and Health Blog: Marijuana

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 and Health Blog: Methamphetamine

Drugs and Health Blog: Methamphetamine

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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