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.

Curriculum and Tools 6-8

Assessing Messages (Grades 7-8)
Help students analyze messages and their poteintal influence related to drug use.

Assessing Credibility
 (Grades 7-8)
Students learn to distinguish between the positive and negative influence adults and authority figures have on them. 

Coping with Stress (Gardes 4-6)
Students use physical activities to help them feel good about themselves and cope with stress.

Drug Names (Grades 4-6)
To prevent students from inadvertently using drugs, students are taught about drug names, appearance and harmful effects.

Making Decisions (Grades 4-6)
Students are taught to make sound, healthy decisions by using a modification of the scientific method.

Drugs and Laws (Grades 4-6)
Students review school policies on drug use, and discuss the consequences of being found using or selling tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.

Interactive - National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challange (6-8)
Test students knowledge by giving them the interactive National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challange quiz!

Interactive - Drugs of Abuse (Grades 6-8)

Interactive - Mouse Party (Grades 6-8)

Interactive - Too Smart To Start Games (Grades 6-8)

Catch It (Grades 6-8)
Students scientifically demonstrate the decrease in reaction time caused by marijuana abuse.

Brain Power (Grades 6-9)
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, resources for students, parent guides, and online activities.

Kids Health in the classroom (Grades 6-8)
Help your students undertsand what can happen when the 
body doesn't function properly.

The Cool Spot (Grades 6-8)
The content of The Cool Spot is based on a curriculum for grades 6-8 developed by the University of Michigan. The curriculum was created for the Alcohol Misuse Prevention Study (AMPS), a large-scale project supported by NIAAA.

Drug Facts (6-12) 

Drugs + Your Body (Gardes 6-12)
Students will learn about some of the devastating effects drugs can have on their bodies.

Student Activities and Printable Worksheets (Grades 6-12)

Test your knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the 
National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz!
English PDF Spanish PDF

Prescription Pain Meds - What You Need To Know (Grades 6-12)

VIDEO: Chasing The Dragon (Grades 6-12)
"Chasing the Dragon" tells the stories of people who either abused opiates or had family members who became addicts. Opiates include prescription pain relievers and heroin. This 45-minute documentary depicts the cycle of addiction and examines the tragic consequences of opioid abuse for the individual, family members, and friends. 

VIDEO: Why Drugs Are Hard To Quit (Grades 6-12)
Quitting drugs is hard because addiction is a brain disease. Your brain is like a control tower that sends out signals to direct your actions and choices. Addiction changes the signals in your brain and makes it hard to feel OK without the drug. This video from NIDA explains addiction in simple terms and offers a hotline to help you or a loved one find treatment. For more information, visit

Test your short term memory quiz (Grades 6-12)
Marijuana and other drugs can mess with your short-term memory. And a good short-term memory is necessary for many of life's basic tasks, such as remembering a new friend's phone number and recalling vocabulary words for a test. Here's a quick quiz to check your short-term memory. You will be given 30 seconds to look at a list of 15 words. Then, you'll be asked to recall as many of the words as you can, and be given a score. Good luck!

VIDEO - Stories to Learn From (Grades 6-12)
Six short videos that dive into the issues of drug use and its effects.

VIDEO -  KNOW DOPE - The Documentary (Grades 6-12)

Interactive - Drugs & Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Grades 6-12)

Interactive - Fact or Fiction? Take The Drug Quiz! (Grades 6-12)

Article - Recovery from Drug Addiction (Grades 6-12)

Article - The Science of Decision Making & Peer Pressure (Grades 6-12)

Article - Marijuana – Breaking Down The Buzz (Grades 6-12)

Article - True Stories (Grades 6-12)

DEA Resouce Guide - Drugs of Abuse 2015 Edition (Grades 6-12)

Posters from Scholastic & NIDA (Grades 6-12)

Facts About Alcohol (Grades 6-12) 

Drugs and the Body
 (Grades 7-8)
Students will learn to identify drugs and the effects on the body.

Decision-Making Skills
 (Grades 7-8)
Using the scientific method students get to apply the concept to related drug research.

Stress and Exercise
 (Gardes 7-8)
Exercising is a healthy alternative for dealing with stress rather than drug use.

Project Alert (Grades 7-8) 
A digital version of Project ALERT is available online FREE of charge. You can access lesson plans formatted for eReader technology, streaming videos, projectable posters and shareable student handouts. FREE online training is available by creating a user account and logging on. A certificate of training will be provided upon completion. 

"Drugonyms" (Grades 7-9)
Students break up into groups and develop an acronym for a particular type of drug, based on its uses and side effects.

History/Social Studies 
Frienships (Grades 4-6)
Students learn the elements of a positive, healthy friendship.

Peer Pressure
 (Grades 4-6)
Students learn how to belong to a group of peers without giving up personal identity or individuality. Examples from American history are included.

Laws and Drugs
 (Grades 4-6)
Students will learning the consequences of drug use and how violating drug laws can affect their future.

Cycle Of Addiction (Gardes 6-8)
Students will learn how greatly families and peers can influence them and the cycle of addiction to drug.

Clearing the Smoke About Cigarettes (Grades 6-8)
In this lesson, students explore the many causes and effects of cigarette smoking in order to create anti-smoking campaigns geared towards other students.

Choose Your Path (Grades 6-12) 
This activity includes two interactive videos that allow teens to assume the role of the main character and make decisions about whether to abuse certain prescription drugs, such as Xanax or Adderall. After each scene, the viewer selects what the main character will do next and sees the results of that decision. The videos illustrate realistic scenarios in which teens might be confronted with a decision about whether to abuse prescription drugs.

Importance of Families (Grades 7-8)
Students need to undertsand the importance of families and family activites to develop a sense of belonging.

Goals for the Future
 (Grades 7-8)
This lesson attempts to build self-esteem and to provide direction by helping students review successes in their lives and think about what they would like to accomplish in the future-and how using or selling drugs would interfere with attaining positive life goals.

Helping Others
 (Grades 7-8)
This lesson helps students understand that both seeking help and giving help can be signs of strength.

Laws and Drugs
 (Grades 7-8)
Students will learning the consequences of drug use and how violating drug laws can affect their future.

"My Choice Is Drug-Free" (Grades 8)
Students study the role music plays in influencing ideas and behaviors, analyze lyrics for messages about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and identify actions young people can take to resist or counteract lyrics that condone or promote drug use.

Language Arts
Learning To Say No (Grades 4-6)
Students learn to assess a situation quickly and say no to involvement in activities that are illegal, irresponsible, or contrary to their personal values and beliefs.

Helping Others (Grades 4-6)
Students learn the importance of helping others and volunteering in the community.

1. Assessing Information (Grades 4-6)
Students learn to be able to analyze information received from popular movies, television, and music. These are powerful sources of information and misinformation that can greatly influence childern's beliefs and values.

2. Assessing Information (Grades 4-6)
Help your students become independent and make wise, healthy, and safe decisions, children must learn how to assess the credibility of sources of information, advice, and requests.

"Just Examine it" (Grades 6-8)
Students practice persuasive writing by composing original health promotion slogans.

Peer Pressure (Grades 7-8)
This lesson helps students recognize peer pressure and decide how to refuse drugs.

Societal Costs (Grades 4-6)
Students will be aware of how the use of drugs and the cost affects people lives.

"Violence In The News" (Grades 5-6)
Students use statistical representations to analyze data regarding the depiction of violence in print and electronic media. Observe television and read front page newspaper sections to increase awareness of reported violent acts. Data is graphed and results are analyzed. Students decide if the presence of weapons increases violence.

Drugs and Crime (Grades 7-8)
In this lesson students learn how drug use hurts the user and society.

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