Heads Up Printable Worksheets
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Use these activities to learn more about drugs and how they affect your brain and your body.
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Activity Gone Bust
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Club-Drug Cheat Sheet
Create your own cheat sheet with the facts about the effects of the club drugs MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, and methamphetamine.
FAQs on Cocaine
Get answers to frequently asked questions about cocaine and how it affects the brain.
Mixed-up About Heroin
Build a four-sentence paragraph with facts about heroin and the serious risks it poses to your health.
Check out the graph that shows the percentage of teens who use nicotine. Then use the graph to complete a quiz.
Outsmart the Chart
Use this chart to review the facts about major drugs of abuse.
Rave Realities: The Truth About Club Drugs
Get the facts about the club drugs MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, and methamphetamine.
Steroids: All-Over Horror
Read about how steroids can mess with your brain and body. Then complete a diagram to show what you learned.
The Cocaine Course
Use this worksheet to record what you know, what you’d like to know, and what you’ve learned about cocaine.
The Word on Marijuana
Get the facts about marijuana, and then complete the fill-in-the-blank activity to show what you know.
True of False? (inhalants)
Get the facts about inhalants and how they can affect your brain and body.
What’s the Question?
Test your knowledge of cocaine, heroin, inhalants, LSD, marijuana, MDMA, and steroids with this Jeopardy-style quiz.
Your Brain At-a-Glance
Learn about parts of the brain, and how drugs change how the brain works. After reading, complete a diagram of the brain.
Cause and Effect: How Drugs Change the Brain
Drugs of abuse cause changes in the brain that affect the way the drug user thinks and feels. Check out the worksheet “Drugs Change Your Brain,” and then complete this activity by connecting each drug to the effect it has on the brain.
Drugs Change Your Brain
Drug abusers may alter their brains forever. Drugs of abuse change the way an abuser’s brain works. Some of those changes might last for minutes. But other changes may be permanent. Check out what drugs can do to the brain, and then complete the fill-in-the-blank activity.
Messed-Up Messages: Addiction and Your Brain
Check out this worksheet to learn more about how drug addiction affects the brain.
Path to a Healthy Future
The right choices keep your brain at its best. Check out the worksheet “Messed-Up Messages,” and then complete the maze by following the statements that describe how the brain functions normally without drugs.
Remember Your Brain: A Crossword Challenge
Test your brain by completing this crossword puzzle about how the brain works and how drugs of abuse change the way the brain sends and receives messages.
Stop Toxic Effects: Make the Connections
Drug users crave drugs of abuse because of the way drugs work in the brain. But these drugs are toxic to the human body. Make the connections between inhalants, steroids, marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), and cocaine, and how they can affect the body.
How Much Do You Know About Drug Addiction?
Take this quiz to test how much you know about drug addiction and the effects of drug abuse on the brain.
Drug Abuse Affects Decision Making
Read about an experiment that scientists created to find out more about how drug abuse affects decision making. Analyze the data and results and draw your own conclusions.
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?
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.
What Do You Know About Teen Drug Trends?
Take the quiz to test your knowledge about how drug abuse is linked to AIDS, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), and hepatitis C.
How Inhalant Abuse Damages the Brain
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 for students to use scientific data to draw conclusions about the effects of inhalants on brain functioning. Use with the worksheet How Inhalant Abuse Damages the Brain.
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.
Dangerous Cravings and the Brain
Read about an experiment using rats to find out if increasing the number of D2 receptors in rats’ brains would decrease the amount of alcohol consumed by rats that had been trained to prefer alcohol over water. Analyze the results and draw your own conclusions.
Drugs and Your Body
Read short descriptions of what specific drug such as prescription painkillers, inhalants, methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, and alcohol can do to the body. Then complete the true or false activity.
Drugs and Your Brain
Check out this short article about how drugs such as THC and opioids can adversely affect many areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex (distorting thinking, perception, and judgment), the cerebellum (distorting coordination and balance), the prefrontal cortex (affecting decisions and promoting risk-taking), and the brain stem (slowing breathing and heart rate). Then complete the activity.
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.
The Science of Teen Decision Making
Check out this short article and complete the activity to learn more about how the brain works.
What Do You Know About Drugs and Your Body?
Take the quiz to test what you know about drugs and the brain and the body.