Resources for Educators

One of the primary objectives of the Georgia Prevention Project is to provide drug education and resources to prevent substance abuse among teens and young adults.

The Georgia Prevention Project offers educators two interactive lessons that can be used in the classroom. One is for meth prevention; the other is for Rx Drug Abuse.

*New* Substance Education Training (SET) Opioid Module

An opioid misuse prevention lesson designed for educators and facilitators.

Participants will:

  1. Create innovative lessons on opioid misuse education
  2. Identify resources to facilitate instructing youth on opioid use disorder and prevention
  3. Learn creative methods to engage young people in group discussions on topics of substance misuse prevention.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Course

This course is designed to provide middle and high school health and PE teachers with the resources to create innovative, interactive lessons on meth, prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana prevention. This course is also useful for youth-serving organizations and is filled with activities, conversation starters, and videos.

The objective of this course is to alleviate the need to create multiple lessons to suit your needs in delivering substance abuse prevention in the classroom. This course will provide you with content you can immediately use in the classroom, as well as resources to allow you to customize a lesson that works for you.

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Not Prescribed Lesson

The Not Prescribed Lesson provides teens in middle and high schools with the science and the stories to understand the risks of misusing prescription drugs and the tools and resources to manage their own health as well as advocate for their peers’ health. This standards-based lesson leverages personal testimony from teens and their families through a compelling video and provides educators with a science-based interactive presentation to facilitate conversation and learning.

After facilitating the Not Prescribed Lesson, students will know and understand:

  • What prescription drugs are
  • Appropriate use of prescription drugs
  • Effects of prescription drug abuse
  • The developing brain
  • How positive and negative decisions affect the brain
  • Addiction and overdose risk factors
  • Healthy decision making
  • Six steps to Rise Above

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Meth Prevention Lesson

The Georgia Prevention Project offers educators interactive lessons that can be used in the classroom. One is for meth prevention; the others are for prescription drug abuse prevention.

After the class, students will understand:

  • The short- and long-term effects associated with methamphetamine use
  • The danger and toxicity of the ingredients in Meth
  • The mechanisms of Meth addiction
  • The effects of Meth on the brain, body, relationships, and the community
  • The risks of trying Meth, even once
  • How to communicate the risks of Meth to their peers and take action to prevent Meth use

At the beginning of the 45-minute lesson students will assess their knowledge of Meth with the 6-statement "What Do You Know" Worksheet. The class then will explore these 6 statements through discussion of selected content on

Teacher Materials

  1. Lesson Overview: a one-page summary of the Meth Prevention Lesson
  2. Teacher's Guide: step-by-step instructions for the teacher to lead students through an exploration of each topic. The guide includes instructions on the most impactful content on and suggested discussion questions
  3. What Do You Know: teacher key

Student Handouts

  1. What Do You Know: a one-page handout for students to reflect on 6 statements to gauge their knowledge of methamphetamine

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The CDC declares prescription drug abuse as a national epidemic. Unfortunately, among the largest population abusing Rx drugs is teens and young adults. Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. (National Study on Drug Use and Health, 2012) Research indicates they are accessing these drugs in the comfort of home. 70 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they get them from family members and friends. (Drug Enforcement Administration). 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined (Drug Enforcement Administration).

As educators - teachers, principals and school nurses - you spend a great deal of time around teens every day and have a better than average understanding of their behaviors and culture. Because you are on the front lines, you have a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the risks of prescription drug abuse and to influence your students.

The Georgia Prevention Project, through our national partners, offers several resources to help educators combat this growing problem. Here are a few curricula and toolkits designed for educators to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Smart Moves, Smart Choices - -Smart Moves, Smart Choices features a website and educational videos. The program also offers a tool kit that enables educators to hold school assemblies about teen prescription drug abuse in their communities.

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The Generation Rx Initiative

The Generation Rx Initiative began at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2007 as a program to enhance medication safety and combat the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription drugs through educational prevention. Partnering with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the program has created toolkits aimed at specific audiences. Some of the programming has included: Toolkits for prescription drug abuse prevention and medication safety have been developed for youth, teens, college students, other adults, and seniors.

Generation Rx – Teen Program

This toolkit is designed to provide materials and resources for educating teens (grades 8-12) about the causes and consequences of prescription drug abuse. These materials could be delivered in formal classrooms, after-school programming, youth organization meetings, or any other venue with teen audiences. It promotes peer-to-peer prevention efforts by engaging them in discussions, games, skits and through other visual aids.

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Generation Rx University – College Toolkit

This toolkit was created by college students for college students. The average age when prescription drug abuse starts is around 21, therefore it is critical that our colleges and universities do more to help prevent this potentially deadly behavior. Colleges and universities are encouraged to utilize these tools to help prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs among their students.

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