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Lesson 15: Resisting Drug Pressures: Roleplay Practice


In this lesson, students apply the refusal skills they’ve learned to resist pressure to use drugs and stick to a decision to be drug free. After reviewing effective refusal skills, students create and practice original roleplays that demonstrate those skills. They present their roleplays to the class and receive feedback on the effectiveness of their use of refusal skills.

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 or other drugs.

SEL Connection

  • relationship skills

Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • AOD-4: Avoid the use of illegal drugs.
  • AOD-6: Avoid riding in a motor vehicle with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.12.2: Demonstrate refusal, negotiation, and collaboration skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
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