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Mind Over Matter

This series is designed to encourage young people to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the body and brain with an eye to education prevention. Check out Exercise Your Brain for an interactive activity to find out what drugs do to the brain and body, a glossary of terms, and find out how the brain responds to drugs with Sara Bellum. Hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Published by National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Curriculum Areas:Education
Science
Themes/Keywords: Alcohol
Drug abuse
Drugs
Health
Tobacco


Vocabulary
marijuana, opiates, inhalants, hallucinations, anabolic steroids, nicotine, methamphetamine


Essential Question(s)
1. How do drugs affect the brain and body?
2. 

Discussion Question(s)
1. What drugs are commonly abused?
2. What happens if someone keeps using drugs?
3. How many times does someone have to take a drug to become an addict?
4. If drug addiction is a disease, is there a cure?

Extension and Activities
1. Share a real story about someone you know who was addicted and how they overcame their addiction.
2. Form a small group to discuss why someone might take a drug, become addicted, and what they might do about their addiction.


"I am a teacher at 107th elementary school in LAUSD, an inner-city school. Everything good that is given to us - is then taken away. The CADRE has brought art, music, dance, drama and light to a very difficult academic community. The Cadre is the only wonderful experience happening at 107th street school - this program needs to be continually funded. As well as encouraging students to find new areas of expertise, the teachers participate and learn about programs new to them as well. The Kathryn Dunham Dance Company was totally inspiring and intriguing as I got a taste of the dance the students would learn. The Marchall Dance Company was the only HOLIDAY PROGRAM my 1st graders received this year - and it was a dandy! Just Great! Samuel, a 1st grader in my class, was called to join in the welcoming dance and my whole class was proud of him and he was elated. Please, continue the funding for the CADRE. Thank you. Rosemary Pluskat"

Rosemary Pluskat
We need you!
LAUSD - Los Angeles, California






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