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Health literacy and drug abuse.

In This Installment

* Important facts about how drug abuse and addiction affect health.

* Tips for students on how to take action to stay healthy.

Assessment Tools

Use the Student Activity Reproducible on the back of this page as an assessment quiz to determine what your students have learned about the health effects of drug abuse.

More Information

For more information about the connection between general health and drug abuse and addiction, read NIDA Notes, "Beyond the Brain: The Medical Consequences of Abuse and Addiction," at www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_Notes/NNVol18N6/DirRepVol18n6.html.

--A message from Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of NIDA

Dear Teacher:

As an educator, you know how important it is for your students to make informed choices. When it comes to drug abuse, knowing the facts is crucial to helping students make decisions that can impact their health and safety.

In this latest installment of Heads Up, students will find out how drug abuse and addiction affect one's overall health. Although at its core a brain disease, drug addiction produces harmful consequences throughout the body.

We thank you for sharing the important facts in this article with your students. By doing so, you are not only helping them be more health-literate, but are also helping them keep safe.

Sincerely,

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

Director of NIDA

Lesson Plan & Reproducible

Preparation: Before the lesson, make two photocopies of the Student Activity Reproducible for a pre--and post-lesson quiz.

OBJECTIVE Students will understand some of the serious health consequences of drug abuse and addiction.

NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS

Life Science; Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

WHAT YOU WILL DO

* Introduce the topic of drug abuse and health by asking students what they consider the most important health issues facing teens today. Give students time for discussion.

* Distribute copies of the Student Activity. Reproducible. Tell students to write their name on the paper and answer the questions. Explain that they will answer the questions again after they read the article.

* Have students read "Get the Facts: Drug Abuse Puts Your Whole Body at Risk" in their magazines. When they have finished, begin a discussion: What are some of the ways in which drug abuse and addition affect the health issues you identified earlier? What are some ways you can protect your health with regard to drugs? Why is it important to get the facts about your health?

* After the discussion, have students complete the reproducible again. When they have finished, reveal the correct answers.

* Wrap up the lesson by asking students: How would you respond to someone who says, "Drugs mess with your head a bit; what's the big deal?" or, "I'm healthy; what's there to worry about with drugs?"

For further facts about the health effects of drugs on the body, visit

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Title Annotation:HEADS UP: REAL NEWS ABOUT DRUGS AND YOUR BODY
Author:Volkow, Nora D.
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Date:Apr 16, 2007
Words:470
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