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Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

This tool is designed for people who have stopped drug use while they were detained in the criminal justice system or while receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. To prepare these individuals to return to their home environment, counselors can customize this tool to help them identify triggers that could prompt a drug relapse. It also includes information about resources and helplines. These discreet cards can be kept in a wallet, pocket, purse, or cell phone case for easy access.

Content is as follows:

DRUGS & THE BRAIN

  • Addiction is a brain disease.
  • Drugs change the structure of the brain and how it works.
    • These brain changes can be long-lasting and can lead to harmful behaviors.
    • They can also create and spark triggers that bring on drug cravings. This makes it hard to be around your triggers even if you’ve been drug-free for a long time.

TRIGGERS A trigger is anything that makes you feel the urge to go back to using drugs because it reminds you of taking a drug and getting high. Learn your triggers and stay away from them:

    ■ Place ■ Person ■ Thing ■ Smell ■ Feeling ■ Picture ■ Something stressful ■ Memory

MY TRIGGERS [Blank spaces] RESOURCES IN MY AREA [Blank spaces]

TREATMENT Treatment is effective in helping people achieve recovery. It can include medication and/or counseling. OVERDOSE Your risk of overdose is very high if you go back to using. Your body can’t handle the same amount of drug you used before. If you overdose and don’t get treatment immediately, you could die. This information is based on evidence from NIDA-supported research.

RESOURCES Find treatment in your area: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (toll-free) or findtreatment.samhsa.gov. In an emergency, call 911 or get to an emergency room. Emergency opioid overdose reversal info: drugabuse.gov/naloxone. For More Resources: drugabuse.gov/recovery | drugabuse.gov/criminaljustice | drugabuse.gov/treatment To order these free cards: drugpubs.drugabuse.gov

Picture of Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.
 

See NIDA's step-by-step guides on getting treatment for drug use:
 
What to do if you have a problem with drugs:
For teens and young adults
For adults
 
What to do if someone you know has a problem with drugs:
Your teen or young adult
Your adult friend or loved one
 
Click here for more information on treatment. 
 
En español: Encuentre más información sobre el tratamiento y los pasos para tomar para ayudarse a sí mismo o a un ser querido aquí