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Lesson 14: Saying NO to Drugs


This lesson introduces refusal skills. After reviewing guidelines for saying NO effectively, students practice words and actions that will help them say NO to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. They observe demonstration roleplays to analyze what makes a refusal effective. Then they practice refusal skills by completing and performing a half-scripted roleplay.

Note: It’s recommended that the HealthSmart Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention lessons on refusal skills (Lessons 14 & 15) both be taught to help students master the skill.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective refusal skills that can be used to say NO to pressure to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

SEL Connection

  • relationship skills

Time: 60 - 75 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • AOD-4: Avoid the use of illegal drugs.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.12.1: Use skills for communicating effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health.
  • Performance Indicator 4.12.2: Demonstrate refusal, negotiation, and collaboration skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
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