Lesson: Facts Into Action
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Dear Teacher: This installment of Heads Up has something new. Past series articles have well documented the science of the effects of drug abuse and addiction, as well as how adolescent brain development has profound implications on decision making in teens. Knowledge of these facts is essential for teens to make smart choices when it comes to drugs. In this new article and lesson, you’ll find valuable facts about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco. You’ll also find
practical tools for students to help them take smart actions in light of the facts.
This installment highlights real-life scenarios that teens may encounter involving drugs, as well as techniques they can practice in making good decisions—all while navigating the myriad choices and concerns that they face as teens.
We hope you will share the article and this lesson with your students and encourage them to practice putting facts into action.
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)