Grade Level: 6-12
OTC Drugs & Inhalants
OTC Drugs & Inhalants
Guidance Health/Safety At Risk
More and more adolescents are abusing drugs they find in their homes’ medicine cabinets or under the kitchen sink. These new drugs of choice are legal: over-the-counter cold medicine, prescription pills, and household products. Kids are getting high, losing control, becoming addicts, and ruining their lives. Viewers will meet Jackson, a recovering addict whose dependence on Ritalin almost cost him his life. For Kat, using cold medicine to get high was the beginning of an addiction that would land her in jail and rehab. This eye-opening program illuminates how this abuse is skyrocketing among teenagers. It is estimated that four million Americans, ages 12 and up, are using over-the-counter and prescription medicine for non-medical reasons. Easy access gives kids the false impression that these substances are safe. "OTC Drugs and Inhalants" emphasizes that medicine can be helpful when prescribed, but that uncontrolled self-medication is dangerous and potentially lethal.
- Correlated to Health, At-Risk & Safety Standards in those states with Health & Safety Standards, and to Life Science (Human Body) standards in many other states (most states mandate substance abuse and other at-risk education at various places in their K-12 curricula)
- Instructional designs that combine “scare/shock” with “reasonable/factual” approaches to changing student behavior, which have oscillated this “Guidance” strand of education back and forth in the last 30 years
- Students’ points of view used to give these behavioral programs maximum credibility with their target school-age audiences
- Award-winning (Emmy & many others), television-level production values also give these programs credibility with the media-saturated target audience of pre-teen and teenage viewers
- Only recently produced at-risk programs with a new approach that will equally satisfy student behavior modification needs of counselors, teachers, administrators and students alike
- Unlike many at-risk programs produced over the last decades, these programs focus more on causes of behavior and less on the “de jour” symptoms, such as specific substances abused, STDs, etc.
- Combination of the above factors ensure that these programs will change students’ behaviors quickly, which is the primary motive for educators to purchase them
- Recently updated for classroom use