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Lesson 1: Teens & Drug Use


This lesson begins with defining the word drug. Students explore why teens might choose to use or not use drugs and learn about some of the risk and protective factors that can influence decisions around drugs. After discussing the role of personal responsibility in choices around drugs, they learn about some different categories of drugs and the effects on the body right away and over time.

Note: If time is limited, the assessment activity sheet may be completed as homework.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Summarize the harmful short- and long-term physical and psychological effects of using drugs.
  2. Summarize why individuals choose to use or not use drugs.
  3. Analyze the role of individual responsibility in choosing to be drug free.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 60 - 75 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-2: Avoid misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
  • AOD-4: Avoid the use of illegal drugs.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.9: Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.12.1: Analyze the role of individual responsibility for enhancing health.
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