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Lesson 9: Drugs & the Law


This lesson discusses laws and school policies about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Students review a sample school policy on drugs, then read a story about a student whose actions violate those rules and discuss the consequences, including how the use of alcohol or other drugs can contribute to other risky behaviors. Students review their own school’s policy and state or local laws about drug use, and analyze how the outcome of the story they read would have been the same or different based on these laws. Then they discuss the reasons behind drug laws and age restrictions. For homework, they take home a family sheet to help them discuss their families’ rules around drug use.

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

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Summarize school rules and community laws about tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.
  2.  Analyze the relationship between using alcohol or other drugs and other health risks.
  3. Analyze how school rules and community laws influence behaviors around alcohol and other drug use.

Time: 60 - 75 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • AOD-4: Avoid the use of illegal drugs.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.12.4: Evaluate how the school and community can affect personal health practice and behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.12.9: Analyze how some health risk behaviors can influence the likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
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