Teachers

Mind Matters Series

After 20 years, NIDA has transitioned 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 is now 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.

The Mind Matters 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 Cocaine cover
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Inhalants cover
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to K2/Spice and Bath Salts cover
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Marijuana
Mind Matters: The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine cover
Cover of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Nicotine
Cover of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Opioids
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Prescription Stimulants cover