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 9-12

Here are some lesson plans and other tools that we've compiled to help you make Red Ribbon Week more educational and impactful for your 9-12 grade students.

Drugs and Peer Pressure (Grades 9-12)
This lesson teaches how to respond to peer and social pressure to use drugs.

Prescription Drug Safety Program (Grades 9-12)

Drug Facts (6-12) 

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

Tendon Damage from Steroids (Grades 6-12)
Demonstates how using steriods can affect the tendons in your body.

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

Choose Your Path (Grades 6-12)
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.

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 - Anyone Can Become Addicted To Drugs (Grades 6-12)
You might think that only some types of people can get addicted to drugs. The truth is, it can happen to anyone, whether you're young or old, rich or poor, male or female. 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

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 - National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challange (6-12)
Test students knowledge by giving them the interactive National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challange quiz!

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)

PEERx Activity Guide  (Grades 8-10)

Drugs and Birth
 (Grades 9-12)
To inform students of the hamful effects on fetus development when using alcohol and other drugs.

Steroids and the Body
 (Grades 9-12)
This lesson teaches that steroids are dangerous to physical and mental health.

Drugs and the Body (Grades 9-12)
This lesson explains how the health and blood vessels work and how they are harmed by drug use.

Kids Health in the Classroom (Grades 9-12)
Help your students understand what can happen when the body doesn't function properly.

Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts (Grades9-12)
This interactive module introduces high school students to basic biology and chemistry principles using the pharmacokinetics of cocaine and crack cocaine. Students learn how the structure of a drug affects whether it can be smoked and whether it can pass through a biological membrane. 

Drug Facts for Teens – categorized by drug (Grades 9-12) 

Real Questions, Real Answers – Leading Scientists Give Teens The Facts About Drug Abuse (Grades 9-12)

Web Hunt -  Questions about Drugs, Answers from Science (Grades 9-12)

Article - How Does Drug Use Affect Your High School Grades? (Grades 9-12)

History/Social Studies
Drugs and the Law (Grades 9-12)
Students will be able to investigate state laws and local ordinances, and teaches them how violation of drug laws affects the community.

The Mexican Drug Wars, on Twitter: Using Social Media for Social Action (Grades 9-12)

The War Next Door: Drug Trafficking (Grades 9-12)
Violence related to illegal drug trafficking has earned Mexico a top position among national security threats to the United States alongside Afghanistan and Iraq. In this lesson, students will explore the complexities of drug trafficking, from cross-border violence and crime to anti-narcotic activities employed by the United States and Mexico.

"Drug Dope Show" (Grades 9-12) 
Students work in teams using a "talk show" format to research drug types, the addiction/recovery processes, and effects of drug abuse on society, family, friends, work, school, etc. They will also explore techniques for resisting peer pressure.

Language Arts
"Drug Abuse Brochure" (Grades 7-12)
Students will understand facts about drugs by completing the "Drug Abuse Crossword" puzzle by searching for the answers on drug information websites. Then they will use what they researched to create a informational brochure to share with the school population.

"Honest Analogies" (Grades 8-12)
Students practice creating analogies based on contrasting personal characteristics that prevent vs. promote drug use and violence.

What Drugs Cost Families (Grades 9-12)
This lesson helps students figure out how drug use could drain family finances and lead to other repercussions.

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