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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks


This course delves into the types and effects of drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, steroids, over the counter drugs, marijuana, barbiturates, stimulants, narcotics, and hallucinogens. Students learn about the physiological and psychological effects of drugs, as well as the rules, laws, and regulations surrounding them. The difference between appropriate and inappropriate drug use will also be discussed. In addition, students will learn about coping strategies, healthy behaviors, and refusal skills to help them avoid and prevent substance abuse, as well as available resources where they can seek help.


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1:

  • Drugs
    • Drug Use
    • Effects of Drugs
    • Over the Counter
  • Commonly Abused Drugs
    • Steroids
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
    • Marijuana
  • Illicit Drugs
    • Stimulants
    • Depressants & Barbiturates
    • Narcotics
    • Hallucinogens
  • Drug Interventions
    • Refusal Skills
    • Coping Skills
    • Stages of Change
    • Interventions & Therapy


Credits .5

Elective: does not meet Health or PE graduation requirement

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit


  • Challenges Associated with Drugs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the challenges associated with drugs by describing drug use, explaining the impact of drugs on body systems, summarizing the effects of types of drugs, and describing safety methods for household chemicals and medicine.
  • Commonly Abused Drugs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of commonly abused drugs by describing over the counter drugs, describing alcohol and steroids, and describing tobacco and marijuana.
  • Illicit Drugs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of illicit drugs by describing stimulants, describing depressants and barbiturates, describing narcotics, and describing hallucinogens.
  • Drug Interventions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of drug interventions by describing refusal skills, describing coping skills, explaining stages of change, and summarizing intervention and therapy.



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