Resources for Educators

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

When it comes to preventing drug use among young people, education plays a very important role. This page contains drug education resources – lesson plans, activities, videos – from different websites targeted to various grade levels that both parents and teachers can use.

Drugs and Your Body - Interactive  (For grades 6-12)

Drugs + Your Body screenshotScholastic and the scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have created this poster/teaching guide, Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty, to provide factual details and critical-thinking questions on the effects drugs have on the developing brain and body.

Poster: http://www.scholastic.com/drugs-and-your-body/

Teachers’ Guide: http://headsup.scholastic.com/teachers/drugs-your-body-it-isnt-pretty

Heads Up: Real News about Drugs and Your Body (For grades 6-12)

screen shot of the 'Heads Up' websiteNIDA and Scholastic teamed up to create a treasure trove of resources for both teachers and teens about the dangers of drug use in general and the dangers of specific drugs as well. You can access them using the links below.

 

Teens: http://headsup.scholastic.com/

Teachers:  http://headsup.scholastic.com/teachers/

 

 

Operation Prevention

Operation Prevention classroom resources website screen shotDEA and Discovery Education teamed up to produce Operation Prevention's classroom resources to provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce students to the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body. Go to the site.

 

 

Operation Prevention: Virtual Field Trip

Operation Prevention Field Trip website screenshotTake your students on a virtual journey! “The Science Behind Opioid Addiction” is currently featured on the Operation Prevention website’s Virtual Field Trip section. The video explores the science of addiction to help middle and high school students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain and body. Check back for details about the next Virtual Field Trip that will be held in October 2017.  It will include  a companion guide that can be used to prepare your students for the “trip.” Go to the site.

 

 

Red Ribbon Curriculum

Red Ribbon Week website screenshotOrganized by grade level, this page contains a collection of tools and activities teachers can use to develop anti-drug lessons. Feel free to use them as a resource during Red Ribbon Week or anytime during the school year. Go to the site.

 

 

   

 

 


Drug Facts and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Lesson Plans

Are you interested in lessons or activities focused on a specific drug? See facts and lesson plans below.

 

Cocaine

cocaine powder

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans (NIDA)

Quick Facts

Heroin

heroin

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans (NIDA) 

Quick Facts

Inhalants

inhalants image

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans (NIDA)

Quick Facts

Marijuana

image of marijuana

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans (NIDA)

Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz (article)

Quick Facts

Methamphetamine

meth

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans (NIDA) 

Quick Facts 

Opioids and Prescription Drugs

oxycodone

Classroom Resources

Opioids lesson plans (NIDA)

Prescription Drugs lesson plans (NIDA) 

Quick Facts

Fentanyl  

Heroin

Opium

Oxycodone

 


What if You Suspect a Student is Using Drugs?

Before taking any action, it is important to consult the written guidelines your school or school system may have with regards to this matter. As a supplement, you may find the resource below helpful as well.
 

This pamphlet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration serves as a guide to teachers on how to recognize and help students who may be abusing prescription drugs. Go to the site.

 


Other Drug Enforcement Administration Websites

 
Just Think Twice

Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) specifically for young people, this site provides information about drugs and their consequences. Go to the site.

Campus Drug Prevention

This website is a part of DEA’s effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on college campuses and in surrounding communities. Go to the site.

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