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Lesson Overview: "Other Drugs" is a comprehensive 42-Google slide presentation designed for middle and high school students. Aligning with California State Standards (and adaptable to other standards), this lesson provides an in-depth look at various drugs, including cannabis, prescription medicine, and hallucinogens. It explores their effects on the body and brain, as well as the social and legal consequences of their use.



Educational Objectives:

  • Drug Impact Analysis: Explain the effects of different drugs on the body and brain.
  • Consequence Identification: Analyze the consequences of drug use, including health, social, and legal implications.
  • Substance Awareness: Increase awareness of various substances, including cannabis, prescription drugs, stimulants, and depressants.



Key Terms: Cannabis, CBD, THC, medicinal marijuana, prescription medicine misuse (Ritalin, Adderall, Xanax, Vicodin), addiction, overdose, methamphetamines, cocaine, opiates (morphine, codeine, heroin, fentanyl), hallucinogens (LSD, acid, psilocybin, DMT, ecstasy), HPPD, inhalants, solvents, aerosol sprays, gases, nitrites, stimulants, depressants.



Interactive and Adaptable Activities:

  • Think, Pair, Share Activity: Encourages collaborative learning and discussion.
  • Informative Videos: "US Fentanyl Crisis" and "What Causes Opioid Addiction" TedED video with discussion questions.
  • Inhalants EdPuzzle: An interactive learning tool about the dangers of inhalants.
  • Stimulant vs. Depressant: An engaging 'This OR That' activity.
  • ATOD Escape Room: A virtual, educational challenge focused on drugs and alcohol.
  • Kahoot: An interactive quiz to reinforce key concepts.
  • Printable Options: All activities can be interactively engaged with or printed.



Exclusive Feature - ATOD Escape Room:

  • Objective: Educate students about the effects of drugs and alcohol through an engaging virtual escape room experience.
  • Components: Six puzzles with corresponding articles from, focusing on topics like Brain and Addiction, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco and Nicotine, Inhalants, and Alcohol.



Teacher Support and Customization:

  • Teacher's Guide: Includes talking points, guides, ideas, and essential questions in the “notes” section of the slides.
  • Fully Editable: Tailor the content to meet the specific needs of your students.



Flexible Usage:

  • Stand-Alone or Series Integration: This lesson (lesson 4) can be used individually or as part of Not Your Mama's Health Teacher ATOD 8-lesson unit.



Copyright Information:

  • Copyright © Not Your Mama's Health Teacher. All rights reserved by the author.
  • License: Purchase grants single teacher use. No sharing with others.
  • Usage Rights: Permission for classroom duplicates. No redistribution, editing, sale, or Internet posting without password protection. Subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act penalties.



With its rich content and engaging activities, "Other Drugs: Insights and Impacts" provides students with critical knowledge and understanding of various substances, helping them make informed choices about drug use.


Total Pages

46 pages

Answer Key


Other Drugs

  • View a preview of this lesson and assignment HERE 

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