Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Drug Names

Objective
To learn the scientific and street names for drugs and how they are sold.

Background
To prevent children in grades 4-6 from inadvertently using drugs, they need to know what the names of drugs are, what they look like, how they are sold, and their harmful effects.

Activities
Reproduce the information pages on various drugs found in Resources. Divide the class into small groups, and ask each to prepare a way to share the information about drugs with each other. Be prepared to interpret drug information so that students can understand what these substances are called and what they look like. Have the students design a bulletin board showing both scientific and "street" names of drugs.

Resources
Drug chart; bulletin board; colored markers; poster board.

Teacher Tips
• The important concept that drugs have scientific and street names needs reinforcement. The fact that drugs may have two types of names can be confusing. You might want to include on the bulletin board other substances that have scientific and street names.

Source
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program

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