Compilations of Past Issues

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Drug education materials for classroom use are organized into two sections on this page:

 

Annual Compilations   

NEW! School Year 2016—2017 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans in science, health, and language arts designed to help students understand facts about timely and important drug education topics. Students will have the opportunity to: find out how brain imaging techniques work and how they provide scientists with key information about drug use; learn about how stress affects the body and healthy ways to cope with it; and understand important facts about America’s opioid overdose crisis and how to stay safe.


  •  Download Student Edition [PDF 4.9 MB]

  •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 1.2 MB]

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School Year 2015—2016 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications.


  •  Download Student Edition [PDF 8.7 MB]

  •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 3.9 MB]

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School Year 2014—2015 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amid shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing.


  •  Download Student Edition [PDF 1.8 MB]

  •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 5.8 MB]

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School Year 2013—2014 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity as well as the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions.


  •  Download Student Edition [PDF 5.3 MB]

  •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 1.6 MB]

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School Year 2012—2013 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. 

  •  Download Student Edition [PDF 2.8 MB]

  •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 1.2 MB]

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School Year 2011—2012 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about marijuana, including topics such as breaking down myths about marijuana, the science of how marijuana affects the brain, and the myth of "medical marijuana."

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• Download Student Edition [PDF 1.1 MB] 

• Download Teacher Edition [PDF 934 KB] 

 

 

 

School Year 2010—2011 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of abusing prescription pain medications, including topics such as the difference between the proper use and abuse of prescription drugs, prescription stimulants, and facts from a leading scientist on the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.

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• Download Student Edition [PDF 1.28 MB] 

• Download Teacher Edition [PDF 664 KB] 

 

 

 

School Year 2009—2010 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as answers to questions about drugs commonly asked by teens, teen research in addiction science, and how to use facts to help make smart decisions when it comes to drugs.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 6.7 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 1.3 MB]

 

 

 

School Year 2008—2009 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as genetics and drug addiction, teen research in addiction science, facts about stimulants, and drug rehabilitation.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 1.6 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 524 KB]

 

 

 

School Year 2007—2008 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as consequences of impairment from drug abuse, facts about hydrocodone, how to talk with your doctor about your health, and the brain science behind teen decision making.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 1.2 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 344 KB]

 

 

 

School Year 2006—2007 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as the science of addiction, effects of tobacco addiction, the connection between stress and drug abuse, and the health risks associated with drug abuse.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 2.3 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 180 KB]

 

 

 

School Year 2005—2006 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as methamphetamine, inhalants, prescription drugs, and influences on teen decision making.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 1.4 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 688 KB]

 

 

 

School Year 2004—2005 Compilations  — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans on the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as the science of drug addiction, the teen brain, the connection between drug abuse and AIDS, abuse of inhalants and prescription drugs, and the connection between drug addiction and obesity.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 1.7 MB]

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School Year 2003—2004 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as cocaine, LSD, and prescription painkillers.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 4.2 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 548 KB]

 

 

 

School Year 2003—2004 Skills Book  — A collection of 16 reproducible skills pages full of facts and activities on drugs of abuse.

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   •  Download Skills Book [PDF 13.7 MB]

 

 

 

 

School Year 2002—2003 Compilations — A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students about the repercussions of drug use, including topics such as tobacco, marijuana, ecstasy, inhalants, heroin, and steroids.

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   •  Download Student Edition [PDF 16.1 MB]

   •  Download Teacher Edition [PDF 2.4 MB]

 

 

Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body is an educational collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Scholastic Inc. The series provides science-based information about the effects of drugs and drug abuse on the brain and body through articles distributed in Scholastic classroom magazines for grades 6–12. Posters and poster teaching guides, as well as annual compilations of student and teacher editions, are available as the following free Adobe PDF downloads, or by ordering them free through NIDA.

 

Posters and Poster/Teaching Guides 

NEW! Poster/Teaching Guide: Stand Up Against Bullying (2017) — The lesson and activities in this program will help students develop awareness and skills to help them respond to situations that involve bullying. Includes a classroom poster, lessons and activities, and work sheets.

  •  Download Poster & Teaching Guide [PDF 3.7 MB]

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Poster/Teaching Guide: Respect Others. Respect Yourself. (2016) — This guide develops students’ understanding of how respect is key to healthy behaviors and building healthy relationships. Includes a classroom poster, lessons and activities, and work sheets.

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Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs + Your Body: It Isn't Pretty (2012) — A graphic tour of how various drugs of abuse affect the body, focusing on the brain, lungs, mouth, skin, heart, and risk of death. Includes a classroom “body” poster with facts, along with four skills sheets.

  •  Download Poster [PDF 7.8 MB]

  •  Download Lessons and Activity Reproducibles [PDF 3.8 MB]

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Poster/Teaching Guide: Marijuana—Download the Facts — Paired with essential facts about the risks of marijuana use, critical-thinking activities that help students analyze the meaning behind media and social messages. 

  •  Download Poster [PDF 985 KB]

  •  Download Poster—Español [PDF 2.4 MB]

  •  Download Lessons and Activity Reproducibles [PDF 4.67 MB]

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Poster: Prescription Drugs — This classroom poster graphically illustrates the double-sided nature of prescription drugs. 

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   •  Download Poster [PDF 418 KB]

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Poster/Teaching Guide: Facts on Drugs—Teen Guide to Making Smart Decisions — This poster teaching guide helps students understand the serious short- and long-term effects of drug, tobacco, and alcohol use, as well as the importance of informed decision making.

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   •  Download Poster [PDF 1.16 MB] 

   •  Download Lessons and Activity Reproducibles [PDF 1.18 MB] 

 

 

 

Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty (2002) — A graphic tour of how the body is affected by various drugs of abuse. Includes an annotated “body” poster for your classroom wall along with six skills sheets.

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   •  Download Poster [PDF 7.8 MB]

   •  Download Skills Sheets [PDF 3.8 MB]

   •  Download Poster—Español [PDF 560 KB]

   •  Download Poster—Español & English [PDF 8 MB]

   •  Order Copies—Español & English [PDF 8 MB]