The risks of marijuana use are dramatically illustrated in this fact-based video every teen should see. Doctors illustrate how pot can permanently damage the teenage brain and contribute to mental illness. Viewers learn how marijuana use seriously impacts driver alertness, reflexes and perception skills. Young recovering addicts describe how marijuana ruined their lives and dispel the myth that marijuana is not addictive. The program includes new information about synthetic cannabinoid drugs such as Spice and K2 and lays out the legal consequences of marijuana use.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Teens Katie Chung and Max Rein host this powerful presentation that provides information about the dangers and risks of marijuana use. Students receive a clear message that marijuana is an unsafe, addictive, and debilitating drug. Live-action footage coupled with visuals and realistic descriptions present the effects of marijuana on the body and mind in a direct manner. Research statistics and interviews with experts as well as young people who explain how marijuana use has affected their lives are key in emphasizing its harmful effects. The introduction provides statistical information about marijuana followed by ten sections: "Marijuana High," "THC," "Learning and Memory," "Driving Under the Influence," "Mental Health Risks," "Risks to Physical Health," "K2 and Spice," "Tolerance, Dependence and Addiction," "Life Goals and What to Do If You have a Problem. The segments are cleverly separated using a large-screen digital timer to count down the minutes. The concluding section is particularly important because it explains how to find help to overcome an addiction as teens share their experiences on "kicking the habit." This program will engage students and could serve as an introduction to the topic or an excellent supplement to drug awareness and health curriculums in middle and secondary schools.
—Linda M. Teel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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