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Click on the links below to download and print articles, lessons, and student activities that give information on various topics related to drug abuse and addiction.

Peer Influence
Check out this short article about how peer influence affects decision making. Then, using facts you’ve learned, write about how you might respond to certain scenarios. 

A Day in the Life of a Teen: Decisions at Every Turn
Teens are faced with many choices and tough decisions every day. Find out the facts about how the teen brain works, and the dangers drug abuse poses to the brain and body. Learn what you can do—and say—to protect yourself and navigate through social situations. Use with Lesson and Worksheet: Drug Abuse in Social Settings: A Serious Risk for Teens.   

Lesson and Worksheet: Drug Abuse in Social Settings: A Serious Risk for Teens
Use this lesson and the student worksheets to reinforce comprehension of the student article “A Day in the Life of a Teen: Decisions at Every Turn. The teacher lesson plan includes a lesson strategy, discussion questions, and assessment tips. The student worksheets include a quiz to test comprehension, and a student activity to provide practice with analyzing a scientific survey. 

Two Teen Health Dangers: Obesity and Drug Addiction
Researchers have discovered an amazing connection between how the brain is involved in obesity and drug addiction. Use with Lesson and Worksheet: Obesity and Drug Addiction and Lesson and Worksheet: Dangerous Cravings and the Brain.

Lesson and Worksheet: Obesity and Drug Addiction
Use this lesson to reinforce comprehension of the student article Two Teen Health Dangers: Obesity & Drug Addiction. The teacher lesson plan includes a lesson strategy, discussion questions, and an activity to give students information about the connection between drug addiction and obesity; to increase students’ understanding of addiction and the brain; and to broaden students’ understanding of the scientific process. Use with the worksheet Obesity and Drug Addiction—What Do You Know?  

Worksheet: Obesity and Drug Addiction—What Do You Know?
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of obesity, drug addiction, and the possible connection between them.

Lesson and Worksheet: What Do You Know About Teen Drug Trends? 
Use this lesson to reinforce comprehension of the student article Abuse of Inhalants and Prescription Drugs: Real Dangers for Teens. The teacher lesson plan includes a lesson strategy and activity to educate students about teen drug use trends and the dangers of drugs whose use is rising among teens.  Use with the worksheet What Do You Know About Teen Drug Trends?

Worksheet: What Do You Know About Teen Drug Trends?
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of teen drug use trends, and inhalants, OxyContin, and Vicodin®, three substances that present a special risk for teens.

Teens, Drug Abuse, and AIDS: The Deadly Connection
According to a 2004 report from NIDA, behavior associated with drug abuse is now the single largest factor in the spread of HIV infection in the United States. Teens who abuse drugs face a risk of getting AIDS and of passing it on to the friends they love. Get the facts about HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, and the relationship between drug addiction and the spread of other diseases. Use with Lesson and Worksheet: Heads Up: What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs, and Disease? and Lesson and Worksheet: Heads Up: The Rising HIV Rates Among Girls and Women.  

Lesson and Worksheet: What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs, and Disease?
Use this lesson to reinforce comprehension of the student article Teens, Drug Abuse, and AIDS: The Deadly Connection. The teacher lesson plan includes a lesson strategy, discussion tips, and an activity that educates students about the connection between drug abuse and bloodborne illnesses, and tests their knowledge of the topic before and after they read the article. Use with the worksheet What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs, and Disease?

Lesson and Worksheet: Heads Up: The Rising HIV Rates Among Girls and Women
Use this lesson to reinforce comprehension of the student article Teens, Drug Abuse, and AIDS: The Deadly Connection. The teacher lesson plan includes a lesson strategy and activity for students to use scientific data to analyze and draw conclusions about the effects of the worldwide AIDS epidemic on women.  Use with the worksheet The Rising HIV Rates Among Girls and Women.

Worksheet: What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs, and Disease?
Take the quiz to test your knowledge about how drug abuse is linked to AIDS, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), and hepatitis C.

Worksheet: Heads Up: The Rising HIV Rates Among Girls and Women
Read about how epidemiologists study data showing how infection rates change over time in order to understand how AIDS is affecting women. Analyze the data and draw your own conclusions.

A Prescription for Pain
Check out the graph that shows data on prescription drug abuse. Then use the graph to complete a true-or-false quiz.

Mixed-up About Heroin
Build a four-sentence paragraph with facts about heroin and the serious risks it poses to your health.

Nicotine News
Check out the graph that shows the percentage of teens who use nicotine. Then use the graph to complete a quiz.

Tragic Data: Understanding Stats
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.