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Lesson 9: Influences on My Choices About Drugs


In this lesson, students work in small groups to identify and analyze various internal and external influences on the decision to use or not use drugs.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Analyze influences on personal choices to use or not use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
  2. Describe strategies to strengthen positive influences and counter negative influences on choices about drug use.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 45 - 60 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 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.8.1: Examine how the family influences the health of adolescents.
  • Performance Indicator 2.8.3: Describe how peers influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.8.4: Analyze how the school and community can affect personal health practices and behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.8.5: Analyze how messages from media influence health behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.8.8: Explain the influence of personal values and beliefs on individual health practices and behaviors.
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