Drugs and the Body—It Isn’t Pretty

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Nicotine. Heroin. Cocaine. Marijuana. Inhalants. Methamphetamine. Steroids. They all cause damage. Check out the poster and explore student worksheets to find out how drugs of abuse affect the brain and body. The poster teaching guide includes student worksheet activities, answer key, and Web resources.

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Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty (Poster, English Version, PDF)
Nicotine. Heroin. Cocaine. Marijuana. Inhalants. Methamphetamine. Steroids. They all cause damage. Check out the diagram to find out how drugs of abuse can affect the brain, heart, lungs, liver, immune system, nose, mouth, skin, bones, and kidneys.

Las drogas y el cuerpo no son una buena combinación (Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty, Poster, Spanish Version, PDF)
Nicotina. Heroína. Cocaína. Marihuana. Inhalantes. Metanfetamina. Esteroides. Observa este diagrama para que aprendas cómo pueden cambiar con las drogas tu cerebro y cuerpo.

Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty  (Teaching Guide, PDF)
Check out the poster and explore student worksheets to find out how drugs of abuse affect the brain and body. The poster teaching guide includes student worksheet activities, answer key, and Web resources.

Activity Gone Bust  (PDF)
Just how important is it to keep your brain healthy? See for yourself. Abusing marijuana can make everyday tasks difficult. THC, the most powerful chemical in marijuana, interferes with normal functioning of the brain. This experiment simulates how basic functions can become difficult under the influence of marijuana.  

Cross Drugs Off (PDF)
Use your brainpower to complete this crossword puzzle about how drug abuse can affect the brain and the body. 

Q&A – How Drug Abuse Affects the Brain and Body (PDF)
Why?. . . How?. . . Have questions about how the body is affected by drugs of abuse? Check out this Q&A to learn more about how drugs can affect the brain, heart, lungs, liver, mouth, skin, bones, and kidney. 

Tragic Data: Understanding Stats (PDF)
A recent survey of drug-related deaths in U.S. metropolitan areas shows that drugs spare no one. They claimed the lives of both men and women in nearly every age group. Study the data table from the survey and answer the questions that follow. 

How Common Drugs of Abuse Harm (PDF)
Read the chart to learn about the effects and risks associated with the more common drugs of abuse. Then take the pop quiz to show what you know.