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Substance Abuse Theme Page

Below are other CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Substance Abuse. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Drinking and Driving Theme Page

Quit Smoking Theme Page

Tobacco Abuse Theme Page

General Substance Abuse Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to substance abuse. Please read our disclaimer.

Alcohol Addiction and its Effect on the Body
In this internet-based lesson, Grade 5-8 students conduct Internet research on alcohol addiction and its effect on the liver, discuss and report their findings (e.g., via a web page or a powerpoint presentation). (wNetStation, a public television station in New York, hosts a web site designed for K-12 teachers which contains Internet-based lessons for core curriculum topics. Video tapes from the company may be purchased but there are sufficient links to Internet resources for the unit to stand on its own. Student and teacher guides are included.)

Alcohol and Adolescents: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, Aftercare
The information posted at this site explains what is required in establishing an effective Alcohol Prevention Program at your school. It describes methods of prevention, intervention strategies, the types of inpatient and outpatient programs and aftercare activities. Lesson plans about advertising, drugs and peer pressure are available.

Alcohol & Drug Facts: PREVLINE
The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information website. You can run a multiple search system for Alcohol, Cocaine/Crack, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Heroin, Inhalants, Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, Methamphetamine/Ice, Steroids, Stimulants, Tobacco, Opiates/Narcotics. There's a large amount of fact finding and prevention techniques.

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
"Grant Me the Serenity" is a web site intended to help those in, or seeking recovery from, various addictions. This link is to their two page meta list of annotated links to about 100 web sites dealing with alcohol abuse. Note that they also have a meta-list on the more generic topic of substance abuse. See the link below titled "Drug Abuse and Dependency."

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Health Education: Substance Abuse
Three lesson plans are available from AskERIC's page. Designed for intermediate aged students, the first lesson focuses on defining the words: substance use, misuse and abuse. The second lesson focuses on the importance of working together as a team to aid working through a drug prevention program. This second lesson is designed for grade 5 and older. The third lesson uses a role play format for intermediate aged students to learn how difficult it is to reject peer pressure to do something you do not want to do.

Atlantic Student Drug Use Surveys
This document includes the executive summaries from the 1996 Student Drug Use Survey for the East Coast provinces in Canada. The survey supplies the the percentage of students using specific drugs, breaks down the information into grade levels, and makes some recommendations.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Funded by the Canadian Government, their goal is to minimize the harm associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco ,and other drugs. The site has many links to information on issues related to drug use and abuse in Canada.

Drug Abuse and Dependency
"Grant Me the Serenity" is a web site intended to help those in, or seeking recovery from, various addictions. This link is to their two page meta list of annotated links to about 100 web sites dealing with substance abuse.

Drug-Free Resource Net
A site for parents, teachers and students who want to get information about specific drugs, how to talk with someone using drugs, and what you can do to help.

Drug Use Facts
The web site for the region of Halton, Ontario has a Tool Kit for community action on substance abuse. Their page lists a number of drug use facts. These facts include: factors that influence alcohol and other drug use; Executive Summary from the 1995 Ontario Student Drug Survey; protective factors for substance abuse prevention; and risk factors for youth drug abuse.

Family Sculpture Demonstration
Written for grade 7-12 students who may be Children of Alcoholics or students who come from homes with similar family dysfunctions. The objectives are for students to examine their behaviours in different settings, determine whether these behaviours are beneficial, and explore alternative patterns of behavior if they choose to make changes.

Fighting Fire with Fire: Learning About the Effects of Drugs and Drug Treatments in the Science or Health Classroom
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students examine their perceptions of the term "drug addict", defend whether or not they think that fgovernment money should go toward treatment programs for drug addicts, and investigate the short-term and long-term effects of an addictive drug. They use a New York Times article as a starting point for their explorations.

Go Ask Alice! - Alcohol, Niotine and Other Drugs
Questions and answers about drugs and related issues. You can read questions previously submitted or send in your own to be answered. "Go Ask Alice! is an interactive question and answer service from Healthwise, the Health Education division of Columbia University Health Services."

Information on Drugs of Abuse
The National Institute On Drug Abuse presents a listing of commonly abused drugs and provides a comprehensive collection of links to information about each drug listed.

Just Say No! An Alcohol Awareness Website For Grades 6-12
The focus of this site is to educate teenagers about the dangers and consequences of drinking alcohol. It includes a comprehensive list of alcohol related information such as alcohol and advertising, myths, health, driving, and adolescent recovery.

Learning Space (LS) Health and Fitness: WWW Research Lessons
One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to research. This site contains several examples of health and nutrition research questions (organized by grade levels) which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended real life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found. At the time of review, there were several learning activities for elementary and middle school students which focussed specifically on substance abuse issues.

(The) Medical Basis of Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep problems, and Drug Use
Written in an easy to read format, this site focuses on the what stress is about and its effects on the individual. The author explains why legal and illegal drug use has become one of the main ways in which people have learned to cope with stress. This page also includes descriptions of other methods of coping with stress.

Most People Don't Use Drugs
Designed for grade 6-7, this lesson draws from a survey which students complete.

Prevention Dimensions: Get the Message
A three day lesson plan in which students identify and recognize the consequences of the social and psychological pressures and enticements used in tobacco, alcohol, and other drug advertising.

Self-Scoring Alcohol Check-Up
This on-line questionnaire examines drinking habits from the perspectives of quantity, situations in which consumption occurs, severity of consequences, as well as other variables. Feedback information is provided to help users understand their responses with the overall purpose of the instrument to serve as a screen to help people understand their drinking better. Note that the formatting of the instrument is weak - close reading and careful entry are required.

Substance Abuse Prevention
A comprehensive site with information about alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare. Many of the documents focus on the need for general wellness strategies and development of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and attitudes. Other important issues include identification with viable role models and "family processes".

A street drug database providing information on a drug's origins, effects, the law, composition, what to do in the case of emergency, and its risks. Drugs covered are Alkyl Nitrates, Amphetamines, Anabolic Steroids, Cannabis, Cocaine, Crack, Ecstasy, solvents, Heroin, Ketmines, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, and Tranquillizers. Note that this is a UK site and so the section on the law may not apply.

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