A volunteer officer from the D.A.R.E. program has shared information about drugs to the health and preventive techniques to drug peer pressure. Drugs are chemicals that change the way your brain and body work. Drugs can be swallowed, inhaled, smoked, or injected. Whichever way you take drugs, they end up in your blood and go to all parts of your body. Positive feelings from drugs wear off, but drugs can cause life-long damage to your body. Many drugs are addictive, which means it can be really hard to quit. Drugs affect the way you think, making it harder to make safe choices and protect yourself in dangerous situations. Based on the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse, the rate of first use among youths age 12-17 rose significantly from 1989 to 1995, from 8.4 to 18.8 per 1,000 potential new users, and has remained level after that. http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/stats.html
Students will use a half sheet posterboard (11 x 14) to create a collage expressing through pictures and/ or drawings different type of drugs and how they affect and harm the body and it's long term health. The student should prepare a one page essay explaining the effects drugs has on the body and how it affects your health long term using the information given from the D.A.R.E. officer, class disscussions and research. The posterboard should also include the logo and contact information to at least three programs that are available to help students prevent the use of drugs and techniques in addressing peer pressure throughout the United States. At least one program must be local.
Parents will purchase a half sheet posterboard (11 x 14) and a clear plastic report cover. Students will use any resources available; newspapers, magazine articles, websites, and/or the library for research of essay and pictures for the collage. The student will then complete the essay using the information found in their research and glue the pictures to the posterboard to create the collage. They are to insert the essay into a plastic report cover and submit it and their collage to the teacher in two weeks.
After research and completion of the assignment, students will have learned techniques to avoiding peer pressure, how drugs will harm their body and programs that can assist them or someone they know in getting help for drug abuse. Young adults whose parents talk to them on a regular basis about the dangers of drug use are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents donít. By opening this class disscussion, the teacher is helping contribute to decreasing the percentage of students likely to use drugs.