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Lesson 1: Teens & Drugs: What's the Truth?

In this norms-based lesson, students examine their beliefs about drug use among teens, compare their perceptions to actual norms, and discuss the influence of perceived norms on behaviors around vaping, other tobacco products, alcohol, marijuana and opioids.


Lesson 2: Alcohol: What's the Truth?

This informational lesson helps students see how much they know about alcohol and teaches key facts about this drug. Students complete a True/False quiz about alcohol and share their ideas in pairs. After reviewing the correct answers, they examine how alcohol use could affect their goals and activities.


Lesson 3: Vaping & Other Tobacco Products: What's the Truth?

This informational lesson helps students see how much they know about tobacco, including vaping, and teaches key facts about nicotine. Students play a card-matching game to answer questions about smoking, using smokeless tobacco and vaping. After reviewing the correct answers, they complete an activity sheet to summarize their learning.


Lesson 4: Marijuana: What's the Truth?

This informational lesson teaches key facts about marijuana and reinforces the message that most teens do not use this drug. Students read about marijuana, then complete an activity sheet to offer advice and share what they’ve learned with younger students.


Lesson 5: Medicines: What's the Truth?

This informational lesson helps students understand proper use and misuse, as well as effects of misuse, of over-the-counter and prescription medicines. Students learn about different types of medicines and rules for taking medicines. They practice reading label directions and analyze scenarios to distinguish between proper use and misuse.


Lesson 6: Experimentation & Addiction: What's the Truth?

This informational lesson examines the dangers of experimentation and reasons teens choose to use drugs. Students learn about the stages of addiction, explore reasons teens start experimenting with and continue to use drugs, and summarize their learning by examining case studies of teens in various stages of addiction.


Lesson 7: Opioids: What's the Truth?

This lesson focuses on the dangers of opioid misuse. Students brainstorm what they know or have heard about opioids, then read a fact sheet about these drugs. They work in small groups to highlight the key information they think students need to know about opioids from the reading. Then they analyze a story to identify examples of both proper use and misuse and describe some of the negative consequences that happen as a result of opioid misuse.


Lesson 8: Consequences of Drug Use: How Bad Could It Be?

In this lesson, students explore the variety of consequences of drug use in multiple areas of life through a group brainstorming activity, examine the potential seriousness of these consequences, and personalize the information by deciding which consequences would have the most influence on their decision to be drug free.


Lesson 10: Self-Talk for Being Drug Free

In this lesson, students learn about the skill of using self-talk to support their choices to be drug free. They practice coming up with self-talk statements to resist negative influences to use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, and then complete an activity sheet. As homework, they interview peers in preparation for the next lesson.


Lesson 11: My Peers & Their Feelings About Drugs

In this lesson, students share the results of the peer interviews they did as homework. They use the results as a springboard for a small-group activity in which they analyze reasons teens use drugs and suggest healthy alternatives. They also identify personal benefits they will get from being drug free.


Lesson 12: Family, School & Community Rules About Drugs

In this skills-based lesson, students report some of the results from their parent/guardian interviews and then access information from the school handbook to become familiar with school policies on drug use. They also learn about community laws concerning drug use by minors.


Lesson 13: Tobacco Companies: Are They Targeting Youth?

In this skills-based lesson, students analyze the influence of the tobacco industry on teens’ decisions about vaping and other tobacco products. They read about tobacco industry advertising, including how vaping products have been marketed to teens, and answer key questions based on what they’ve read. Then they write an advocacy letter in support of restricting the marketing of vaping products to youth.


Lesson 14: Counter-Advertisements

In this skills-based lesson, students learn about different advertising strategies, then use what they’ve learned about ways the tobacco and alcohol industries try to appeal to teens to create convincing counter-advertisements to advocate for peers to stay drug free.


Lesson 15: Peer Pressure: Ways to Say NO

This lesson introduces the idea of peer pressure and refusal skills. Students create pressure lines, then learn about and practice effective words and actions for saying NO to pressure to vape or use other tobacco products, alcohol or other drugs.


Lesson 16: Roleplay Practice: Resisting Drug Pressure

In this skills-based lesson, students practice refusal skills using roleplays. After watching a demonstration roleplay that uses effective refusal skills, students complete a half-scripted or original roleplay by writing responses to pressure lines. They practice their roleplays in pairs and receive feedback on their skills.


Lesson 17: Drug-Free Pledges: Support for Myself & Others

In this lesson, students make a pledge to be drug free. They review the benefits of being drug free and the words and actions that will help them avoid pressure to use drugs. They also discuss ways to support friends and classmates in keeping their pledges.