By taking a close look at drug and alcohol use and abuse, in addition to tobacco usage and media violence, students will gain valuable insights and tools to help make healthy lifestyle choices.
Choices & Consequences
Grade Level: 5th | Program Length: 60 minutes
Students will learn the truth about the dangers of inhalants and the gateway drugs (tobacco, alcohol and marijuana) through an interactive classroom game modeled after the popular television program, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The dangers and consequences associated with use and abuse will be discussed through the use of exhibits, BrainPop videos and interactive activities. Students will conclude the session with participation in an activity reinforcing refusal skills.
For the Health of It!
Grade Level: 6th – 8th | Program Length: 60 minutes
Students will discover how using drugs and alcohol can damage their brains and bodies. This class is centered around interactive activities that focus on “showing and not telling” kids how their brains are affected by alcohol and drug (inhalants, marijuana) use. Real life scenarios are used to help students analyze how a “drugged” brain affects their actions and decision making skills. Students will also engage in role-play reinforcing refusal skills.
The Science of Addiction
Grade Level: 9th – 12th | Program Length: 75 minutes
The Science of Addiction presentation will address the neurological ramifications when a psychoactive drug is introduced in the brain. At the end of the presentation, students will be able to categorize drugs hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants and explain the characteristics of each, identify the neurotransmitters impacted by the introduction of the psychoactive drugs and describe the symptoms of drug use based on the neurotransmitters involved. In addition, students will understand the biological constructs of tolerance and withdrawal. The Science of Addiction is an interactive presentation involving discussion and role play.
What’s All the Buzz?!
Grade Level: 9th – 12th | Program Length: 60 minutes w/o speaker; 90 minutes w/speaker
Teenagers live in a world of choices. Explore the risks and consequences associated with decision making; specifically those involving alcohol, drugs and personal injury/accidents. Students will learn about the consequences of experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. Students will also engage in a discussion with an individual who has sustained a major life-changing spinal cord injury as a result of his decision to abuse alcohol and drugs.
It’s Up 2 U!
Grade Level: 3rd – 5th | Program Length: 45 minutes
Students learn about the “Gateway Drugs” and their effects on the body in a fun and engaging session. Interactive activities and a short movie illustrate key concepts as well as alternatives to drug use and abuse. This important information will help keep children on the right track!
Drugs Uncovered: What Parents Need to Know
Grade Level: Adults Only | Program Length: 2 hours
Drugs Uncovered: What Parents Need to Know is an interactive program that targets parents of upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Drugs Uncovered introduces parents to the current trends regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; health risks associated with adolescent use/abuse; the North Carolina alcohol laws and parental responsibility; and techniques for open communication and dialog with adolescents.
Red Ribbon Week 2015: October 23-31