Teachers

Mind Matters Series

After 20 years, NIDA is transitioning away from our beloved Sara Bellum character in the Mind Over Matter series to a format that is more relatable to today’s youth audience. The series will now be called Mind Matters, and will focus on easy-to-understand scientific facts. We want to thank the audience who made Sara Bellum a hit; please be assured that her spirit of inquisitiveness is what laid the foundation for our more modern format. For a limited time, both the Mind Over Matters and Mind Matters series will be available to order or access online.

The Mind Over Matter series is a valued resource for tens of thousands of teachers. Each booklet is devoted to a specific drug or drug group. The booklets, available in English and Spanish, can be ordered for free (see below). The accompanying Online-Only Teacher’s Guide includes background information, lesson plans, and activities to enhance students’ learning.

Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Marijuana
Cover of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Nicotine
Cover of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Opioids
Mind Over Matter: Teacher's Guide
Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Anabolic Steroids cover
Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Cocaine cover
Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens cover
Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Inhalants cover
Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine cover
Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Prescription Drugs cover