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Pedigree Investigators

PI: Pedigree Investigator, On the Case of Nicotine Addiction

October 2015

Interactive game uses nicotine addiction to provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of genetic susceptibility in addiction.

Grade: 6-12

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Prescription Drug Misuse: Choose Your Path Interactive Videos

July 2016

Students practice making decisions about prescription drug misuse by stepping into the shoes of a fictional character. They watch clips of the Choose Your Path interactive videos and throughout are prompted to make decisions for the main character about whether to use prescription drugs. Other activities encourage learning about the facts about prescription drug misuse and how it affects the body.

Grade: 8-10

Prescription Pain Medications

Prescription Pain Medications

May 2016

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn how prescription opioid pain medications work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. A student article explains what opioid abuse is and why it is so dangerous. Students can answer critical thinking questions, do a worksheet, and complete essay or creative writing assignments.

Grade: 6-12

Prescription Pain Medications: What You Need to Know

Prescription Pain Medications: What You Need to Know

May 2016

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, explains how opioid pain medications work in the body and discusses the risks of addiction and overdose. A worksheet has students analyze data on opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths. Critical thinking questions help students think through how opioids work in the brain, how opioid abuse might lead to heroin use, and what constitutes prescription drug abuse.

Grade: 6-12

Prescription Stimulants

Prescription Stimulants

May 2016

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn why misusing prescription stimulants, such as those prescribed to treat ADHD, is dangerous. A student article explains how stimulants work and what it means to abuse them. Students can make posters with factual information about prescription stimulants and stimulant abuse.

Grade: 6-12

Questions About Drugs—Answers From Scientists

Questions About Drugs—Answers From Scientists

May 2016

This article and lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, explores some of students’ common questions about drugs and health and answers from scientists at NIDA. Activities encourage students to synthesize the information they have learned about drugs and think about the dangers of different types of common drugs.

Grade: 6-12

Reconstructors

Reconstructors

October 2015

Teens travel into the future and reconstruct the science of substance abuse through interactive learning adventures. As part of the adventure, players help solve cases centered on inhalants, ecstasy, or opioids by gathering data, conducting laboratory experiments, and consulting with experts to solve the case.

Grade: 6-8

Recovery from Drug Addiction: Teacher's Guide

Recovery from Drug Addiction

July 2016

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction as a chronic brain disease. A student article discusses some of the reasons why one person may become addicted to a drug and another may not. A work sheet provides an opportunity for students to analyze a chart of research-based risk factors and protective factors for drug addiction.

Grade: 6-12

Respect Others. Respect Yourself.

Respect Others. Respect Yourself.

May 2016

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn how to recognize and build healthy relationships and communication skills through discussion questions, group activities, and work sheets. Teachers can also discuss dating violence and drug use and resources for teens in unsafe or unhealthy relationships to get help.

Grade: 6-12

Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP)

Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP)

June 2017

This program, designed for use in the science classroom, uses the aquatic flatworm (planarian) to teach students how drugs work in the brain to produce addiction. In these lessons, students have the opportunity to conduct experiments designed to help them discover the impact of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol on the functioning of neurons and the brain. 

Grade: 6-12

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