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Mind Over Matter Series: Anabolic Steroids

Mind Over Matter Series: Anabolic Steroids

July 2016

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how anabolic steroids 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

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: 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: 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

Not Fit for Human Consumption

Not Fit for Human Consumption

April 2018

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn about synthetic drugs—drugs created in labs to mimic other drugs, including opioids (example: fentanyl), marijuana (examples: Spice, K2); and cathinones (example: “bath salts”). They also learn why synthetic drugs may be more dangerous than their counterparts and why they are so difficult to regulate.

Grade: 6-12

Operation Prevention

April 2018

Students are introduced to the science behind opioids. The elementary school lessons explore over-the-counter and prescription medications, how medications work in our bodies, and why is it important to use them responsibly. The two middle school lessons explore the brain and body; the high school lessons explore the signs, symptoms, and science of opioid use. The resource includes virtual field trips, parent resources, and a video challenge.

Grade: 3-12

Opioids and the Overdose Epidemic pill bottle

Opioids and the Overdose Epidemic

March 2017

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn about the serious health crisis involving opioid drugs as well as what is causing it. They also learn that while prescription opioid pain medications can play an important role in a person’s medical care, the medications need to be used with extreme care. 

Grade: 6-12

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