Curriculum: Substance Abuse Prevention (Grades 3-12)

Monthly Resources – March 2023
Published February 23, 2023

FREE Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3-12

Please see our Substance Use Resources Introduction for best practices in implementing these curricular materials. As always, please preview materials individually or in your PLC before using them with students.

Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education, Operation Prevention is an inquiry-based program, intended for:

Operation Prevention is available at NO Cost, in English and Spanish, and is aligned to:

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Social and Emotional Learning Standards
  • Common Core State Standards
  • National Health Standards

Educator Guides are available for all lessons and include:

  • Key Terms and definitions
  • Alignment to academic standards

For students in Grades 9 – 12, Counterfeit Drugs education includes:

  • Three investigative lessons and an awareness campaign project
  • Four videos and accompanying activities

(On this page, you will find an excellent five-minute video called Identifying Counterfeits that you could use alone for any group.)

For students in Grades 3 – 12, Opioid and Prescription Drugs education is organized as follows:

  • For Elementary students
    • Proactive Prevention, three sessions
    • Interdisciplinary Activity, Malachi’s Medication
    • Interdisciplinary Activity, Sarah’s Sister
  • For Middle School students
    • Our Brain and Body on Opioids, five sessions
    • Is our Community Influenced by the Opioid Epidemic? Five sessions
  • For High School students
    • Opioid Use: The Signs. The Symptoms. The Science. Seven sessions.
    • Reporting on a Public Health Crisis: Opioids in the Community, Six sessions
  • For both Middle and High School
    • Self-paced module, The Science of Addiction: The Stories of Teens (30 – 40 minutes)
    • Virtual Field Trips (videos) with Companion Activities
      • Opioids: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science. (33:22. Segments are embedded in secondary lessons, but can be viewed separately.)
      • The On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back
      • The Science Behind Opioid Addiction
  • A one-hour Educator Training recorded webinar
    • Title: Brain-Based Science + Your Curriculum: Helping Our Students Prevent Drug Misuse
    • Includes guidance for alternate usage, such as virtual delivery

For Grades 3 – 8, a Multi-Drug Exploratory series includes:

  • A Topic Series Educator Guide
  • Six animated videos
  • Six 30 – 45 minute lesson plans
  • Pages for students – printable or uploadable to Google Classroom and other platforms.

The six topics addressed by the videos and lesson plans are:

  • Marijuana
  • Steroids
  • Hallucinogens
  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Inhalants

For students in Grades 3 – 12, Culture-Based Resources are organized as follows:

  • For Elementary students
    • Traditional Native Fire Stories Can Teach Us About Emotions, four sessions
    • Gratitude is a Native American Way of Life, one session
    • Finding Balance in Traditional Ways, one session
  • For Middle School students
    • The Medicine Wheel, four sessions
    • Tribal Sovereignty and Its Connection to Health, one session
    • Being Physically Fit is a Native Tradition, one session
  • For Educators, Master Class Series
    • Finding Balance, four-minute video
    • Understanding Our Emotions, four-minute video
    • There’s Another Way, five-minute video
    • Empowering Ourselves, five-minute video

For Parents and Other Adults, Parent Toolkit, a 20-page written resource

For members of the workforce: Workplace Resources

  • Four modules, 15 minutes each
  • A one-hour module

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