How Do Genes Affect Addiction?

One of the keys to preventing negative consequences of drug and alcohol use is determining what puts people at risk for the disease of addiction. In the article “How Do Genes Affect Addiction?,” students will learn about the role of genetics in a person’s risk for addiction, as well as learn that genetics isn’t the only factor that influences the risk. Many other biological and environmental factors play a role, and students will get tips about choices they can make to reduce their risk. By sharing the article and skills sheet with your students, and teaching the lesson below, you can help them understand the risks and how to stay safe.

Published 2017

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