Prescription Medications

Picture of Commonly Abused Drugs: Prescriptions and OTCs
This double-sided chart provides information on the short- and long-term effects of commonly abused prescription and over-the-counter drugs and treatment options for individuals who misuse them.
Picture of Explorando La Mente: Las Respuesta del Cerebro a los Medicamentos de Prescripcion

El abuso de los medicamentos de prescripción ocurre cuando se toman sin que el doctor los haya recetado o si se toman de una manera o en una cantidad diferente a como fueron recetados. El abuso de los medicamentos de prescripción puede tener efectos graves y nocivos para la salud, incluyendo la intoxicación o el envenenamiento, e incluso la muerte.

For teens (grades 7-12). A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to understand how mapping the brain helps neuroscientists understand the decision-making process; discover how stress physically impacts different parts of the body; and learn about the opioid overdose death crisis. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 10-11 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles to teach middle and high school students the repercussions of abusing prescription drugs—both pain medications and stimulants. Learn the difference between their proper use and abuse. Get the facts about their dangers. Separate facts and myths. Topics include prescription drugs, opioids and stimulants. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body – Year 10-11 Compilation for Teachers

A booklet of skill-building extension activities to help students (grades 7–12) understand how prescription pain and stimulant medications can be both lifesaving and dangerous. Topics covered are prescription drugs, opioids and stimulants. Includes individual lesson plans, worksheets, Q&A, multiple choice quizzes, and other resources. Complements the student companion piece. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 12-13 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. Topics include marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, prescription drugs, opioids, tobacco, inhalants, and drugged driving. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 12-13 Compilation for Teachers

A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students (grades 7–12) about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. Topics include marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, prescription drugs, opioids, tobacco, inhalants, and drugged driving. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 15-16 Compilation for Students
For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications. Additional topics include marijuana, alcohol, drugged driving, tobacco, hookah, caffeine powder, MDMA (also called Molly or Ecstasy), Spice (also called K2), heroin, prescription drugs and naxolone. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 15-16 Compilation for Teachers
A collection of teacher lesson plans designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications. Additional topics include marijuana, alcohol, drugged driving, tobacco, hookah, caffeine powder, MDMA (also called Molly or Ecstasy), Spice (also called K2), heroin, prescription drugs and naxolone. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 16-17 Compilation for Teachers
A collection of teacher lesson plans designed to teach students (grades 7-12) the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to understand how mapping the brain helps neuroscientists understand the decision-making process; discover how stress physically impacts different parts of the body; and learn about the opioid overdose death crisis. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Prescription Drugs

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explains how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems.

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Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.