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Drugs: What's the Big Deal?

from Byrnes Health Education Center

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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 and the media.

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By Request: $195.00

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One 45 minute session

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8

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Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education

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Byrnes Health Education Center

York, PA
United States

Located in Central Pennsylvania, the Byrnes Health Education Center is an organization who is dedicated to the misson of educating and inspiring healthy choices in people of all ages.  Our team is proud to offer a variety of health education programming for students in Pre-K thru Grade 12.  Broadcasting LIVE from The Center's teaching theaters, students are engaged through interactive exhibits & props, and presented content that adheres to national education standards.  Subject areas include Character Education/Bullying Prevention, Drug Education, General Health, Human Growth & Development, Nutrition & Fitness, Oral Health and Safety & Disease Prevention.  Each of our programs are mapped to all 50 state educational standards as well as those in Canada.  We are passionate about health education and are thrilled to be partnering with you!

Nikole Tome, MPH, MCHES

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. Explain the concept of a gateway drug
2. Identify 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
10.1.6 B, D, E
10.1.9 A, E
10.2.9 B, C