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Brain Power: Grades 6-9

Drugs on the Street (Module 5)

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This module discusses two illegal drugs: heroin and cocaine. Many people consider cocaine and heroin to be hard-core “street” drugs, but increasingly, younger people in all kinds of communities across the country are using these dangerous drugs. Heroin and cocaine both have a huge impact on the health of the brain and the body. Use of these drugs changes the brain. Both are illegal and highly addictive. Sometimes these drugs are used in combination.

Through the content of the magazine and CD-ROM, students will learn how heroin and cocaine affect the brain and body. They will also explore information on the short- and long-term effects of these drugs, including addiction.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module:

  • Students can explain how heroin and cocaine use affects the brain and body.
  • Students can explain how heroin and cocaine use affects normal neurotransmission.
  • Students understand how heroin and cocaine can change the brain and cause addiction.

This page was last updated June 2007

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NIDA. (2007, June 1). Brain Power: Grades 6-9. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-6-9

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