Drug abuse Teacher Resources
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Prescription Drug Abuse Series "Changes for Life"
Students discover the affects of prescription drug abuse. In this drug awareness activity, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This activity includes a project an assessment, web resources, and worksheets.
Drug Abuse Affects Decision Making
In this drug abuse and decision making worksheet, students read about an experiment designed to study the effects of drug use on decision making. Students draw conclusions from the data and determine if the hypothesis is correct.
Drug Abuse: Altered States
Young scholars view an "In the Mix" video about drug abuse. They participate in a discussion about the video, distinguish several facts and myths about drug use, identify how drugs can affect people's lives and engage in role-playing the refusal of drugs.
Latest Trend in Drug Abuse: Youths Risk Death for Cough-Remedy High
Students explore over-the-counter drug abuse. In this health journalism activity, students read the USA Today article titled "Latest Trend in Drug Abuse: Youths Risk Death for Cough-Remedy High", respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
ESL Holiday Lessons: Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
To practice their emerging language skills, English Learners read an article, "Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking." They complete six matching questions, 29 fill-in-the-blanks, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
Students create concept maps exploring causes of drug abuse that, in Siberia and around the world, often lead to the contraction of H.I.V., and develop solutions papers.
Prescriptions for Disaster?
Students share opinions about prescription drugs and prepare public service campaigns to inform peers and adults about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Their ads also offer prevention techniques and possible methods of treatment.
Drug Abuse in Social Settings: A Serious Task for Teens
Students discuss why drug abuse risk is higher in social settings. In this health science lesson, students interpret real life statistics on teen drug use. They describe refusal and prevention strategies.
Stress and Drug Abuse
Pupils identify the different causes of stress. In this health science lesson plan, students find the connection between stress and drug abuse. They discuss about the different kinds of stress they experience everyday.
Health Literacy and Drug Abuse
Students brainstorm about the different health issues facing teens today. In this health science lesson, students discuss the danger associated with drug abuse. They recommend ways to stay healthy.
What Would Ben Franklin Do?
Employ Ben Franklin's 13 virtues to a modern drug-abuse prevention plan.
Drug Abuse Brochure
Students work together to complete a crossword puzzle about drugs by locating needed information on the Internet. They use that information to design, produce and distribute a drug abuse brochure.
Steroids: The Hard Truth
High schoolers view a PBS "In the Mix" video about the use of steroids. They identify health risks, consider the emotional consequences of drug abuse and discuss the legal ramifications. They also research a variety of nutritional supplements.
Safety measures in the Home: for Children and Adults
Learners investigate drug safety in the home and how to prevent drug abuse.
Statistical Drug Abuse and Adolescents in the U.S.A.
Students examine statistics of teenagers using alcohol and marijuana. In groups, they brainstorm the reasons why they believe usage is higher than in years past. As a class, they role-play different roles in scenerios to help them realize the effect they are having on themselves and those around them. To end the activity, they review the symptoms for someone high on drugs or alcohol.
Defining Substance Abuse and Misuse
Students explain the difference between substance use, misuse, and abuse. They list, on the chalkboard, two reasons why people use, misuse, and abuse drugs. Then, in a group of four, role play a situation which relates to drug abuse or misuse.
Bush Plans Hit on Drug Use
Students explore the topic of drug abuse. In this health journalism lesson, students read the USA Today article titled "Bush Plans Hit on Drub Abuse," respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
Drug Abuse and Addiction
Students examine data from animal experiments. They watch a Web site mini-documentary to explore how drugs cause long-term changes in the brain.
"Drug Abuse Brochure"
Students understand the facts about drugs and what can also impact the whole school population. In this drug information lesson students complete research on the Internet and a drug abuse crossword handout.
Crossing the Synaptic Gap
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in which the numbers that appear on the dice represent the number of incoming signals and the number of signals inhibited by drugs. This fun activity is a stimulating discussion-starter on the nervous system or on substance abuse in either a life science or health class. Note that you will need a projection image from one of the other wonderful lessons in the unit.