Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba offers addictions-related courses and workshops, offers programming and services including youth services, and is active on the issues of fentanyl and pending cannabis legislation. The link above is their resource page for educators. A little light on content, but overall good messaging.
Drug Facts 4 Young People
Canadian resource with extensive content for teachers and parents, including comic strips to go along with key ideas and information. Option to create an account and submit content. Includes a parent’s form. Content can also be accessed via iPad app.
American website (Ohio), mission statement: “The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, we strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities and seniors. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.”
Heads Up About Drugs
“How Iceland got Kids to Say no to Drugs”
This website is a wonderful tool that interactively explains the physiological effects of methamphetamine use. It allows the browser to hover over parts of the brain to identify what side effects could result from chronic meth use. Videos are included that describe people’s past experiences with meth, making for interesting and powerful viewing.
NOTE: some material may be too mature for elementary-aged children.
Protect What’s Next
The Little Known Effects of Marijuana
Pure Rush: Online Drug Education Game
Pure Rush is an educational game offered online and as a mobile app. Players must race through a classic side-scrolling runner to get to the music festival before tickets sell out. Avoiding drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine is the key to success! Throughout the game, players will gain a general knowledge of drugs and their harmful effects.
Role-play “board game” style that incorporates decision-making activities. The game encourages rational alcohol use, and explains the repercussions of “bad” decisions. Players choose a character, and encounter scenarios with possible decisions.Throughout the game, the player gets more “intoxicated” if they choose to drink more often. The final challenge is a test of coordination.
The Chatterbox Trials – Cannabis and You
This game tests your coordination, speed, reaction time, brain power, and memory. It engages the player by exhibiting baseline brain functions and how these are slowed by cannabis.
This video shares the impact of prescription drug abuse on the lives of four young people.
The Dangers of Underage Drinking
In this video, a group of young kids steal a bottle of tequila from their parents’ house party. Three alternate endings are shown.
Real Questions and Answers: Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention
High school students dispel common misconceptions to their elementary school peers.
NOTE: ideal for preparing students for the elementary to high school transition.