The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched a redesigned series of booklets geared towards educating middle school students about substance use.
The Mind Matters series consists of nine booklets on various drug topics. The series was designed to help students in grades 5 through 8 understand the effects and consequences of drug use on the brain and body. The accompanying online Teacher’s Guide includes science-based information and engaging activities to enhance learning. In addition, short video clips are available to supplement the lessons.
Each of the booklets in the Mind Matters series is devoted to a specific drug or drug topic, including Drugs and the Brain, Cocaine, Inhalants, K2 Spice and Bath Salts, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, and Prescription Stimulants.
Hard copies of the English booklets can be ordered for free; both English and Spanish booklets, as well as the accompanying Teacher’s Guide, are all available online in printable PDFs.
For more information about Mind Matters (formerly known as Mind Over Matter), go to: Mind Matters Series on the NIDA for Teens website. To order the Mind Matters booklets in English, go to: Mind Matters on the NIDA DrugPubs website.
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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to email@example.com. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.
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