- Read the Background section of this module for more information about the effects of prescription drugs and inhalants on the brain and body.
- Provide students with the Module 3 magazine Drugs in the Cupboard for background knowledge.
- Determine which activities you want the class to complete.
- Arrange for computer lab time or prepare the classroom computer for students’ Internet and CD-ROM use.
- Photocopy and pass out the Prescription Drugs, Inhalants, and the Brain Fact Sheet for students to complete during the lecture.
- Prepare transparencies and photocopies for the lesson.
- Gather colored paper for Activity 1.
Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Handouts: Module 3 magazine (PDF, 4.3MB)
Reading: Begin by giving students adequate time to read the student magazine. Have students pay particular attention to the following sections: Background, Stats and Facts, and Science in the Spotlight.
Discussion: After students have read the magazine, facilitate a discussion about the brain using the following questions. If necessary, review this information with your students using the diagrams provided.
Prescription Drugs and Inhalants
- Who should take prescription drugs? When?
- What are the three classes of prescription drugs?
- Should a person use a prescription drug that has been prescribed for someone else?
- How does inhalant abuse injure the brain and body?
- What is the name of the insulation around neurons that is damaged by inhalants?
T-shirts, Stickers, and Buttons: Grades 6-9
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.