General Drug Education

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A Natural High: Riding The Drug-Free Wave

Many of the world's most talented professional surfers and skaters ride the drug-free wave. The athletes in this video chose to avoid drugs as they've watched many of their friends waste their talents and lives on drug use. Hosted by MTV Sports star Peter King, this presentation if packed with exciting action footage and great music. A Natural High: Riding the Drug-Free Wave appeals to all members of the younger generation, and not merely those who surf and skate. Young people learn that drug and alcohol use are a dangerous way to gain acceptance and pleasure, and that by fully committing to healthy activities while living drug-free, they can enjoy life to a much greater degree.
Junior High - High School               20 min.             2000                  V-333

Junior High - High School
Altered States: A History of Drug Use in America

Whether it's caffeine, nicotine, or morphine, drugs of choice have defined our lives and history, with sometimes benevolent, sometimes tragic results. This program focuses on the history of America's drug use and abuse, from the days when the early European settlers became enamored with tobacco, through Prohibition, and up to today. Substance abuse is not exclusive to the 20th century. The problems we see today existed in other forms and with other drugs throughout our history. The reasons for using drugs have also remained constant: to ease pain, alleviate boredom, or to expand our consciousness. The program traces the patterns of American drug use and abuse and documents the cultural, social, and political movements that impacted, or were impacted by, the use of drugs. PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A VHS OR DVD COPY.
High School - Adult                    57 min.            1993                DVD-9

High School - Adult
Being Me and Drug Free!

Against a backdrop of eye-catching sets and graphics, lively puppets Cindy, Sam and Dr. Max use situations, song and dance to deliver an age-appropriate message: never put anything in your body if you don’t know what it is! The video is in three sections, dealing with the harm caused by tobacco, alcohol and the misuse of prescription drugs. Developmentally appropriate, entertaining songs reinforce the importance of young people making healthy choices.

http://www.ptrpress.com/atod/all-products/being-me-and-drug-free-dvd.html

Lower Elementary           13 min.           1997        DVD-21

Lower Elementary
The Boy Who Was Swallowed By the Drug Monster

Drugs are monsters that can swallow children! Ask the author of this video--it happened to her family. This video is the true story of an eight-year-old boy. It centers around the effects drugs had on him and his family. Presented in cartoon form, the viewer is unaware that the story is real until its powerful conclusion when the real boy, now an adult, speaks directly to the viewers from jail and tells how his childhood was taken away from him. Also included is an Instructor's Guide which provides a suggested presenter's script and follow-up discussion sessions. Since prevention is the greatest deterrent, this video can help all personnel hoping to curb the use of drugs in young people.
Grades 3-6               13 min.              1994               V-5036

Grades 3-6
Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict - available online

In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.

Background information

Discussion Guide

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High School/Adult   49:08 min.   2016  DVD-5068

High School/Adult
Driving Stupid (cc)

This program dramatizes that most teens overestimate their driving skills and underestimate the risks involved in texting while driving, driving drowsy and driving under the influence. True to life stories accentuate these very real dangers.  A young woman describes how a driver who was texting caused a crash that killed her parents and left her with severe injuries. Another teen describes falling asleep while driving and how the resulting crash left him wheel-chair bound for life. A trauma center nurse and a police officer describe the kinds of injuries they have seen for teenage victims of crashes due to alcohol and drugs. The film also shows teens participating in a driving skills program that safely exposes them to a variety of hazards and teaches them the importance of developing safe driving skills.

Preveiw a three minute clip here

 Grades 7-College   19 min.   2014   DVD-4232

Drugs: Crime and Punishment (cc)

Powerfully presents the life-altering impact of a drug arrest, trial, conviction and incarceration. The accounts and dramatic reenactments of young people who broke the law and got caught, show the harsh realities of being handcuffed, arrested, booked, fingerprinted and locked in a cell. Program underscores the fact that any drug arrest has life-long consequences for the individual, family and friends. It affects finishing high school, college admissions, job prospects and employment, immigration status, and the rights that attach to citizenship. Program also looks at the legal consequences of using a fake ID; underage possession and use of alcohol; and drunk or impaired driving. The costs of crime are very high-from the legal fees to the toll on lives and the stigma of a criminal record that cannot be erased.
Grades 7 - College           18 min.           2009           DVD-5023

Grades 7 - College
Drugs: True Stories

Joel's abuse of alcohol and marijuana in seventh grade led to addiction to prescription painkillers. Joel, his parents, and sister describe their denial, Joel's spiraling addiction, and his ongoing recovery. Trevor, 18, resists the use of drugs with support from his mother and mentors. H. Westley Clark, M.D., C.A.S., Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, and Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Director, Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School answer frequently asked questions.

Discussion Guide is available on the DVD or can be downloaded here: Guide

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Grades 5 - 9             29 min.         2007            DVD-5028

Grades 5 - 9
Dying High 2: Real Stories of Drugged Driving

The original award-winning Dying High gave viewers an unblinking look at what happens when teens overdose on alcohol or other drugs. This new program moves onto the nation’s highways, where viewers follow an ambulance as it responds to a multi-vehicle accident involving teens and drugs. Viewers learn the driver severed his spinal cord and is now a quadriplegic. In addition to this compelling footage, viewers are briefed on the range of devastating outcomes resulting from driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Includes interviews with real teens who faced the horror of a drugged driving crash. Program urges students to think about the impact their actions have on loved ones and friends when making decisions about drugs and driving. Clearly gives your students the jarring realization that "This could happen to me."

Warning: This program contains real and dramatized scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Grades 7-College           24 min.           2011           DVD-4222

 

Grades 7-College
Dying High: Teens in the ER (cc)

This hard hitting, reality based video gives viewers a chance to see what goes on inside the nation's emergency rooms as doctors treat teens for some of the most common types of injuries among young people: drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, car wreck traumas and more. Dying High offers a glimpse into the nightmarish reality of what can happen when young people take risks with their health, their safety and even their lives. New federal data indicates a 20% increase in drug-related ER visits for teens under the age of 17. Yet drug-related emergencies are only part of the bigger picture. This video presents a series of episodes, which allow viewers to see common life-and-death ER moments. The goal of this high-powered video is to remind teens that risk-taking behaviors can often lead to serious injury and death. Activities in the Teacher's Resource Book allow students to continue their exploration of this subject. PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A VHS OR DVD COPY.
Grades 7 - College             26 min.             2003            DVD-4046

Grades 7 - College
Emerging Drugs of Abuse (cc)

Newspaper headlines are filled with horror stories about the devastating effects of new synthetic drugs like Spice and K2 (synthetic marijuana) and bath salts (a cocaine substitute). This powerful, no-nonsense video shows teens how underground labs profit by concocting new compounds that mimic the effects of illegal drugs. Filmed in a gritty, documentary style, former users pull no punches as they tell your students just how dangerous these new drugs are. Law enforcement is stretched thin trying to keep up as drug dealers concoct new poisons in their basement labs including Spice, K2, bath salts, Kratom, Krokodil, Oxidado, and salvia (old but making a comeback), as well as new versions of dextromethorphan and crystal meth. The message is clear: Anyone taking these or any new, unknown drugs is risking serious injury or death.  Preview a three minute clip:  

http://www.hrmvideo.com/catalog/emerging-drugs-of-abuse

Grades 7 - College           20 min.           2013           DVD-5024

Grades 7 - College
Everything You Need to Know About Drugs and the Teen Brain in 22 Minutes (cc)

Using the latest research, this fast-paced program explains why the teen years are a critical time for brain development—and why drug use of any kind can derail the brain’s full potential when it comes to critical skills like thinking, remembering, learning and decision making. Viewers learn the anatomy of the brain and visit a state-of-the-art research lab to see clinical proof of the damage that drugs and alcohol cause. Students also learn the basic functions of the brain, the role of dopamine in the brain’s reward pathway and how drugs impact that pathway, leading to addiction.

Preview a clip here: HRM video clip

Download a lesson plan: Lesson plan

Grades 7 - College           22 min.           2012            DVD-4223

 

Grades 7-College
15 and Getting It Straight

An after-school special starring Drew Barrymore, Corey Feldman, and Tatum O'Neil, this video portrays 6 teens and their first several weeks in a chemical dependency ward. Depicting the effects of drug abuse on the entire family, "15 and Getting It Straight" shows the inside look at the reality of addiction recovery.
High School            48 min.            1989         V-1

High School
Know Your Dose

The Know Your Dose campaign is bringing together healthcare professionals, retailers, manufacturers, caregivers, and others to help spread the word on how to appropriately use acetaminophen. From the healthcare professional's office to the pharmacy counter to health clinics, our goal is to help the public recognize and understand how to appropriately take medicines containing acetaminophen.

Air a 30-second educational video in English (or a two-minute animated video in Spanish) in waiting rooms, clinics and health fairs.

 

http://www.knowyourdose.org/order

 

Adult   30 seconds   2013   DVD-

Know Your Dose/Spanish

 

The Know Your Dose campaign is bringing together healthcare professionals, retailers, manufacturers, caregivers, and others to help spread the word on how to appropriately use acetaminophen. From the healthcare professional's office to the pharmacy counter to health clinics, our goal is to help the public recognize and understand how to appropriately take medicines containing acetaminophen.

Air a 30-second educational video in English (or a two-minute animated video in Spanish) in waiting rooms, clinics and health fairs.

 

http://www.knowyourdose.org/order

 

Adult   2 minutes   2013   DVD-8026

McGruff’s Kids Files: Drugs

In movies, drug use is sometimes presented as cool and fun, but reality is a whole different picture. McGruff the Crime Dog and his teenage friend, Jason, let students in on the truth about drugs — their addictive properties and the damage they can do to a person's body and mind. The video gives an overview of various classes of drugs and their harmful effects, including marijuana, inhalants, stimulants, opiates, club drugs, and designer drugs.

Grades 4-8   18 min.   2002   DVD-5055

Narcotic Misconceptions - A Video of Weymouth MA

Narcotic Misconceptions, a new documentary about opiate addiction in Weymouth, MA and across the South Shore. While the town is still dealing with devastating addiction problems, filmmaker Nick Martel sorts through the complex struggle of addiction and shows how communities can work together to fight and prevent OxyContin and heroin abuse. The film features interviews with doctors and public officials about the physical and social cost of addiction, as well as reflections from parents who’ve dealt with their childrens’ struggle, and a woman who had been in the throes of addiction while living in Weymouth. Like the documentary itself, the stories are honest and straightforward. One of the most powerful messages? The stigma attached to addicts and their families is fueling the problem by keeping it in the dark.

Preview DVD Here

High School/Adult   82:39 min.   2012     DVD-5048

High School/Adult
Student Workshop: All About Drugs

Give the youngest students the facts about drugs and medicines they need to know. Help them understand that staying healthy means taking care of their bodies and only using medicines that are prescribed for them. Age-appropriate vignettes illustrate three basic facts about drugs: non-prescription medications can be dangerous; drugs should never be taken without parent's or doctor's permission; and drugs can be both addictive and illegal. Scenarios allow time for information-reinforcing activities.
Elementary                  16 min.                  1999                  V-4100

Elementary
The Truth About Drugs (cc)

The Teen Files: The Truth About Drugs is a powerful program that graphically demonstrates to teens the effects of various types of drugs on their self, friends, babies, and family. The damage drugs do to their body is not always apparent and today's teens often overlook the dangers they face when using such as rape, homelessness, suicide, jail time, and the inability to focus and study.
Grades 8-12               45 min.             2000              V-193

Grades 8-12
The Truth About Drugs (School Version)

The Teen Files: The Truth About Drugs is a powerful program that graphically demonstrates to teens the effects of various types of drugs on their self, friends, babies, and family. The damage drugs do to their body is not always apparent and today's teens often overlook the dangers they face when using such as rape, homelessness, suicide, jail time, and the inability to focus and study.
High School                   30 min.            2000               V-192

High School
Uppers, Downers, All Arounders pt. 1 - The Effects

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders is the most comprehensive video on psychoactive drugs available. It may be used in treatment centers to educate substance abusers, at the college level in conjunction with a course on psychoactive drugs, or for the general public to give a broad view of the effects and side effects of psychoactive drugs. The 30-minute format of each part leaves time for discussion in a 50-minute class. Part I, The Effects uses extensive animation, graphics, and live action to examine how and why the physical and emotional centers of the brain are affected by psychoactive drugs. It gives a general classification of drugs; discusses and illustrates tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal; and examines the various levels of drug-seeking behavior (experimentation, social use, habituation, abuse, and addiction).
Adult             30 min.             1993                 V-221

Adult
Uppers, Downers, All Arounders, pt. 2 - The Drugs

Part II, The Drugs, identifies the most commonly used psychoactive drugs: alcohol, cocaine (including "crank"), heroin, MDMA ("ecstasy"), inhalants, look-alikes, marijuana, and benzodiazepines, such as Xanax; classifies them by effect; and shows how they are absorbed, metabolized, and used or abused. It also gives the audience a short history of the use of various psychoactive drugs.
Adult               30 min.            1993             V-222

Adult
Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Drugs & Effects

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Drugs & Effects is the most comprehensive video on psychoactive drugs. This revised production uses a visually compelling combination of animation, live action, graphics and interviews with addiction experts and particularly recovering users to present a current, wide ranging, nonjudgmental overview of drug use. Current drugs of abuse including "ecstasy," methamphetamines, marijuana, and inhalants, along with the "legal" drugs (alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and benzodiazepines), are covered. In addition, concepts like hereditary and environmental influences, the physiology of drug use, and levels of use are examined. The video is divided into 17 segments with an imprinted reference time code for ease of use.
Adult             60 min.           2001            DVD-223

Adult
Why I Won't Do Drugs

This video encourages students to take good care of their bodies through a healthy lifestyle, pointing out that taking good care of your body means not using illegal drugs. While some drugs--medicines--can be helpful, others--alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana--can harm the body.
Grades 2-4            11 min.          1992            VHS

Grades 2-4