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Current Health ~ Get Smart About Drugs ~ Your Drug Awareness and Prevention Guide Review by Amy Christy

For Middle School and High School
Weekly Reader Publishing

As they say, "What you don't know can hurt you." This is certainly true when it comes to drugs and alcohol. It's very important to educate our children about the dangers of drugs, as well as the differences between good drugs and drug abuse. In this 34 page workbook which is designed for middle and high school students, there are many activities and lessons on just that.

In all, there are four units. Unit 1, "Drugs and You" discusses topics such as peer pressure, drug addiction, managing stress successfully, and inhalants. Unit 2 covers alcohol, while Unit 3 discusses tobacco products. Unit 4 deals with street drugs, their dangers and how you can develop a healthy, drug free body image. Each topic within the unit has an activity that goes along with it which helps to develop problem solving and decision making skills.

As stated by the publishers, these activities and lessons support the objectives of successful prevention programs from organizations like the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Center for Disease Control. Of course, if you are looking for something from a Christian or Bible based perspective, this workbook is not for you. Still, it is full of age appropriate information, scenarios and activities that will educate young adults about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, all while promoting a positive self image and open communication with parents.

Product Review by Amy Christy, Marketing Assistant, Special Projects Team, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2009