We have all been affected by the epidemic of drug overdose decimating our young people.
Few if any resources are aimed at Elementary grade kids to warn them about the danger of “laced” or “cut” street drugs.
Yet, I don’t have to tell you (educators) that the sooner we can warn our kids, the better.
These hard drugs have already taken many of kids of elementary grades.
We produced a video animation (about 4 minutes) to warn kids about the dangers of buying street drugs and what garbage drug dealers, without a care to what it will do to others, add to street drugs.
You can watch the video and read the article here: Kidscharacterbuilding.com
This video targets grades 4-6, but please do show it to younger kids when you feel that’s appropriate.
The discussion guide to accompany the video is now available here. This resource includes an article for kids (designed like a kids magazine – prints well in black and white).
The article is basically the same as the narration you’ll hear in the video. It can stand on its own if you don’t want to use the video animation.
This product does not include the HD video file.
You can go to my website and watch for free.
Here is a snap shot of what kids will learn from the article:
• The difference between legal prescription drugs and illegal drugs
• Why drug dealers often add chemicals to the street drugs.
• What it means to "lace" a drug
• The variety of poisons that can found in illegal drugs
• The dangerous side effects of street drugs.
• What can happen if poisonous street drugs get into the hands of children
• The best course of action to take when offered harmful street drugs
• When and why legal prescription drugs are used illegally
• Wrap up by telling kids that their best defense is saying no to drugs.
There is a short easy-to-follow lesson plan which offers:
• The objectives of what the student will learn after completing the lesson.
• The positive preferences to discuss with the students
• Suggestion as to when to divide into groups to complete the activity sheets.
• Suggestions for extended activities such as, scenarios, art project or students sharing a relevant article.
There are three activity sheets:
• Fill in the blanks with words/concepts from the video and newsletter
• How to reach out to friends who are in danger of accepting illegal drugs
• Discussion about how prescription drugs are dispensed properly and safely (scenario provided)
• A scenario of a typical offer of someone else's prescription drug by a friend (for discussion)
• Finally, a scenario to test the kid’s knowledge that the only right answer is to refuse the offer of the drugs.