Substance Abuse Prevention - Drugs: What's the Big Deal? (GR 6-8)

by  Byrnes Health Education

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Drugs: What's the Big Deal? focuses on the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana on the body. Emphasis will be placed on reasons why people begin using these drugs, why it is difficult for an addicted individual to quit, the differences between physical and psychological addiction, learning and practicing effective refusal skills and the power of advertising through media.

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About This Program


By Request: $350.00

Pricing - $350 per program for 1-50 students; $600 per program for 51-100 students

A tiered pricing system is utilized based on the number of program participants which will be discussed at the time of scheduling.

**Please provide approximately 4 weeks' notice when scheduling.


One 45 minute session

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education Substance Abuse Prevention

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A fee of 25% will be charged to sites that cancel with 15-3 days notice.
A full 100% fee will be charged to sites that cancel with less than 48 hours notice.
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About This Provider

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Byrnes Health Education

York, PA
United States

Located in south central Pennsylvania, Byrnes Health Education (BHE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that remains dedicated to the mission of educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices since 1995.

We are proud to offer a variety of preventive health education programs to students (grades PreK-12) and adults (workplace, parents, teachers). Those local to our area can experience our "in-person" programs either here at our center or at their location. Additionally, now thanks to technology, participants outside of our "in-person" reach can experience our "live-virtual" webcast programs during which a BHE health educator streams live from one of our five teaching theaters, Participants in all programs are presented vital health content while being engaged through interactive visuals, props, exhibits, activities, and experiments,

Program subject areas include Social/Emotional (character education/bullying prevention), substance abuse prevention, general health, human development, nutrition & fitness, oral health, and safety & disease prevention. All program content is based on factual scientific information, and guided and mapped to state and national health education standards (as well as those in several Canadian providences).

We are passionate about health education and thrilled to be partnering with you to share in that passion!

Lydia Seifert, Director of Education Services
717-848-3064 ext 267

Program Details


1. Discuss drugs: exposure, classifications, gateways, intake methods
2. Discuss nervous system: basic parts and function
3. Discuss why people use drugs, reasons not to use drugs, and refusal skills
4. Tobacco: effects on respiratory system and trends
5. Alcohol: effects on brain and liver (egg demo)
6. Marijuana: effects on respiratory and nervous system (coordination activity)


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Define a drug and explain the concept of a gateway drug
2. Explain the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana on the body.
3. Understand why teen drug use is a “big deal” to the developing brain

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Standard 1 Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Standard 3 Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
Standard 4 Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 6 Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Standard 7 Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

State Standards

Pennsylvania Health, Safety, & Physical Education
Grade 6 & 9
10.1.6 Concepts of Health, B Structure/Function of Major Body Systems
10.1.6 Concepts of Health, D Factors of Adolescent Drug Abuse
10.1.6 Concepts of Health, E Prevent Health Problems
10.1.9 Concepts of Health, A Factors of Development (risk taking)
10.1.9 Concepts of Health, E Impact of Personal Choice on Disease Prevention
10.2.9 Healthful Living, B Health Related Adolescent Consumer Choices
10.2.9 Healthful Living , C Impact of Media on Health