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Mind Matters Series

Mind Matters

Invites young teens to take a scientific journey to learn about the brain’s complex responses to specific drugs, including cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, prescription drugs, and steroids.

Revised: December 2019
Author: National Institute on Drug Abuse

After 20 years, NIDA has transitioned away from our beloved Sara Bellum character in the Mind Over Matter series to a format that is more relatable to today’s youth audience. The series is now called Mind Matters, and will focus on easy-to-understand scientific facts. We want to thank the audience who made Sara Bellum a hit; please be assured that her spirit of inquisitiveness is what laid the foundation for our more modern format.

The Mind Matters series is a valued resource for tens of thousands of teachers. Each booklet is devoted to a specific drug or drug group. The booklets, available in English and Spanish, can be ordered for free (see below). The accompanying Online-Only Teacher’s Guide includes background information, lesson plans, and activities to enhance students’ learning.

Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Cocaine cover
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Inhalants cover
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to K2/Spice and Bath Salts cover
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Marijuana
Mind Matters: The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine cover
Cover of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Nicotine
Cover of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Opioids
Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Prescription Stimulants cover

La serie "EXPLORANDO LA MENTE" es un producto del Instituto Nacional sobre el Abuso de Drogas, dependencia de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud. Estos materiales son del dominio público y se los puede reproducir sin necesidad de pedir permiso, pero se agradece citar la fuente.

This page was last updated December 2019

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NIDA. (2019, December 2). Mind Matters Series. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/mind-matters-series

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