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Lesson: Teen Health: Talking with Your Doctor

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As you know, life can get pretty complicated for teens given the range of physical and emotional changes they go through. Getting teens to talk about what’s going on with them, especially with a doctor or another health-care professional, is crucial to keeping them healthy and safe from substance abuse. This latest installment of Heads Up from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Scholastic provides important information for teens on how to talk to doctors about sensitive medical and emotional issues, and to establish positive patterns for dealing with health issues in the future. Talking with doctors and health-care professionals is crucial for teens dealing with a drug problem, and helps those who are not abusing drugs from starting. I urge you to share this Heads Up article with your students, and I thank you for working with NIDA to bring this important information about teen health to your class. Sincerely,
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Download the lesson plan and worksheet (PDF) that accompany the student article “Talking With Your Doctor” (PDF).