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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn about drugs and alcohol for Red Ribbon week/month or at any time during the year. Use these resources to plan events for Red Ribbon week or projects and classroom activities for drug and alcohol prevention. No matter what time of year, you can find information and activities to maintain the anti-drug message in your classroom and school.

 

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Above the Influence - National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign

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6 to 12
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This site is operated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and mixes a bit of teen entertainment news with plenty of information on the destructive and dangerous effects of...more
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This site is operated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and mixes a bit of teen entertainment news with plenty of information on the destructive and dangerous effects of using drugs. Uses stories from real teens along with star-power and hip graphics to address not only teen drug use, but other issues relevant to today's adolescents.

tag(s): red ribbon week (7)

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug posters using PicLits, reviewed here.
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Red Ribbon Week - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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3 to 12
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This site offers free drug and alcohol resources to use during Red Ribbon week. There are posters, teaching guides, worksheets, articles for parents, and brochures about underage drinking....more
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This site offers free drug and alcohol resources to use during Red Ribbon week. There are posters, teaching guides, worksheets, articles for parents, and brochures about underage drinking. The lessons plans connect to science standards for 5th and 6th grade. Download and share this free information with your school community.

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The cartoons and graphics on the student handouts contain worksheets and activities. There is also an accompanying teacher guide. Share additional resources with parents and post a link to the site on your class web page.
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Too Smart to Start - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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3 to 12
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This site discusses ways to prevent underage drinking, provides advice, and suggests useful situation strategies. There are free downloadable materials, interactive activities, Web...more
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This site discusses ways to prevent underage drinking, provides advice, and suggests useful situation strategies. There are free downloadable materials, interactive activities, Web links, and videos. The comic strip graphics they use are effective and give the site a hip feel. This site also encourages youth to examine the influence the media can have.

tag(s): media literacy (43), red ribbon week (7)

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Share this site on your school website. Embed their widget onto a school website and have the class view a scrolling list of the latest news on underage alcohol use. Too Smart too Start is a great resource to support Red Ribbon Week and health studies. Use this site to develop Media Literacy." Have students test their knowledge about the "media" before opening up discussion about how to analyze the media's message. Brainstorm media forms students view on a daily basis and record them on graphic organizers using a site such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Building Blocks for a Healthy Future - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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K to 1
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Building Blocks assists parents and caregivers of children age 3 - 6 to foster healthy decision making skills and suggests ways to protect children from developing harmful behaviors...more
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Building Blocks assists parents and caregivers of children age 3 - 6 to foster healthy decision making skills and suggests ways to protect children from developing harmful behaviors and habits later in life. The family section suggests tips for positive parenting, fun family activities, and how to teach social skills. The educator section contains lesson plans, links to valuable web sites and resources for preschool curriculum. Children will enjoy the animated cartoons and characters found in the site's friendship circle. There are interactive activities, songs, and e-cards. You will want to take note that with parental permission students can send the site's cartoon character emails.

tag(s): family (52), obesity (19), parents (42), red ribbon week (7)

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Preschool,preK,and Kindergarten educators will find resources on this site to promote creative problem solving and engaging lessons for young children. These age appropriate activities are also perfect for kindergarten and pre-school classrooms participating in Red Ribbon week. Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and let the students explore the site alone or in groups. Download the sing-along-songs and incorporate dance into your daily routine. Project the games onto an interactive whiteboard or projector and play "Simon Says," talk about emotions and develop memory skills.
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National Family Partnership - National Family Partnership

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K to 12
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Download a free planning guide and additional resource materials for Red Ribbon week. The National Family Partnership was the sponsor of the first Red Ribbon week back in 1988. They...more
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Download a free planning guide and additional resource materials for Red Ribbon week. The National Family Partnership was the sponsor of the first Red Ribbon week back in 1988. They work to educate youth about dangers of underage drinking and drug abuse. Articles on this site include tips on how to prevent substance abuse and inspire adults to participate in drug prevention activities.

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Schools participating in Red Ribbon week may want to post a link to this site on the school website to explain the history and purpose of this campaign. This site focuses primarily on parent support. This is a helpful resource to stay up to date with drug abuse trends and advice to offer families dealing with these issues.
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D.A.R.E - Drug Abuse Resistance Education

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K to 12
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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has a colorful new "cool" website that cleverly teaches students how to resist peer pressure, abstain from drugs, violence, and...more
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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has a colorful new "cool" website that cleverly teaches students how to resist peer pressure, abstain from drugs, violence, and gangs. Fun features such as Lucky Kat TV provide cartoons and videos about Internet safety, confronting bullies, and the correct use of prescription drugs. There are opportunities to share photos, poems, and videos and engage in interactive activities. Follow the adult link for more in-depth information meant for parents and caregivers.

tag(s): bullying (51), red ribbon week (7)

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Classes that are participating in the D.A.R.E program may want to bookmark this site on the computers in the learning station and use it as a center. Turn a podium style lecture into a more active learning experience. Project activities such as "D.A.R.E. Squares" onto an interactive whiteboard or projector and enjoy learning about the dangers of using prescription drugs that belong to others. Many of the site features will work as great starting points for individual or group projects. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Even if your school does not have a D.A.R.E. program in place, this site will support content taught during red ribbon week or health class. Share this link on your class web page and/or in a parent newsletter for those who are dealing with these challenges.
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Girls Health - The Department of Health and Human Services

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4 to 12
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The goal of Girls Health is to "promote healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16." The site addresses issues all young teenage girls face. It ...more
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The goal of Girls Health is to "promote healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16." The site addresses issues all young teenage girls face. It provides constructive advice on a number of health issues such as; body changes, nutrition, relationships, bullying, Internet safety, drugs, alcohol, and smoking. There are separate sections for educators and parents that include additional links and materials free to download. In 2008, Girls Health won the Aesculapius (Greek god of healing) Award of Excellence.

tag(s): red ribbon week (7)

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Girls Health's "Body" page is a great resource to support a reproductive health class. Make sure your guidance counselor knows about this site. Project this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Demonstrate how to navigate the site and then ask students to research various content areas in small groups or independently. Students can find the definition to key terms in the text by following their direct link to the glossary. Use the Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking as a reliable source during Red Ribbon Week. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit on drugs. Ask the class to take an on-line quiz to determine what students already know about drugs and what misconceptions they may have. This site is an excellent resource to have students' access during Red Ribbon week. They can create a multimedia presentation to define various drugs and reveal the harmful effects they have on the body. Consider having students create a drug prevention booklet with PocketMod (reviewed here) from the information they learn.
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Red Ribbon Month - Michael Scott Karpovich

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3 to 12
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Is your school looking for resources to enliven your Red Ribbon week in October? This site outlines a complete schedule to help organize the events and provides plenty of valuable ...more
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Is your school looking for resources to enliven your Red Ribbon week in October? This site outlines a complete schedule to help organize the events and provides plenty of valuable links to other drug prevention organizations. The wide range of creative ideas they suggest will make Red Ribbon week or month fun, engaging, and informative.

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Put a technology twist on some of the wonderful creative suggestions on this site. Have cooperative learning groups write poems, or songs to demonstrate the importance of making healthy choices record them on sites such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Challenge students to create innovative commercials to prevent drug abuse and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Let students create graphics for school posters using Tabblo (reviewed here.) Film funny skits or role playing about how to avoid drugs and share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Inform the school community about the history and goals of Red Ribbon week by posting a link to this site on the school website.
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Meth Project - Meth Project Foundation

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This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes...more
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This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes particularly among teens about meth use, and to have an influence on public policy concerning drug use prevention. Besides basic information (the facts are startling!), it collects news releases and offers things people can do to help in the fight. Since it started as a project in the State of Montana, it offers continual updates on which states are joining the project. It collects data on many aspects of meth use, and best of all, it offers the news of its positive results. One of the most interesting parts of the website is the ads section where viewers can see and hear television and radio ads portraying teens in the duplicitous behavior meth use often leads to. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Save this site in your favorites. This site could easily fit in health class, science, current events lessons, and more. Use the site in social studies classes to provide factual information about this very difficult problem. Use it as a jumping off point for students researching similar issues for other types of addictive behaviors. Have your students make their own ads based on the videos and radio transmissions they can view here. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Keep the reference information from this site for students who want to do further reading, research, and self-education. List this site on your class website for students (and parents) to explore both in and out of the classroom.

Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug multimedia presentations using any of the reviewed tools from the TeachersFirst Edge.
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The Target is You! Alcohol Advertising Quiz - Media Awareness Network

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4 to 10
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This eye-opening website provides an interactive quiz that is designed to enable students to understand the alcohol advertising market, and how the market really does aim towards youth...more
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This eye-opening website provides an interactive quiz that is designed to enable students to understand the alcohol advertising market, and how the market really does aim towards youth (which according to the website, accounts for about 20% of all alcohol consumption). Click "Begin Quiz Now." The quiz is designed for grades 6-8, but could be very useful in other grades. The website teaches students that alcohol advertisements are everywhere - TV commercials, TV shows, ads in magazines, branded clothing, sponsorships at sporting events, and more. This website also has links to lesson plans about Kids, Alcohol, and Advertising. The lesson plans include learning outcomes and many details. They are designed mainly for grades 4-8. The quiz requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Share this informative on an interactive whiteboard or projector at the start of al alcohol unit. Have students guess at their seats what the correct answer would be (either on paper or by show of hands). Use the questions on the quiz as a springboard for a class discussion or class meeting about under-age drinking. Brainstorm a list together of times that they recall hearing or seeing an alcohol advertisement. Be sure to discuss the question involving the "deaths caused by driving under the influence of alcohol." 40% of vehicle deaths involve alcohol.

Come up with a list of ways for the students to avoid "being the target." Have the class journal, create short skits, or have small group discussions about how to handle the advertisements.

Teachers can also use this site during a drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make printable anti-drug posters using PicLits, reviewed here.
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Cool Spot - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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This attractive, interactive site offers information to teens about the effects of drinking alcohol and peer pressure. Topics included range from a quiz on alcohol, information on...more
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This attractive, interactive site offers information to teens about the effects of drinking alcohol and peer pressure. Topics included range from a quiz on alcohol, information on how much alcohol is in a typical drink, and suggestions on how to resist alcohol use and peer more. A list of characteristics of the effects of too much drinking will help teens measure the effects of alcohol among their friends. Typical teen questions include "Dear Ashley" columns for each covered topic. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the dangers of drinking. Share this link on your teacher web page and/or in a parent newsletter for those who are dealing with this challenge.

Teachers can also use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make antidrug "radio" ads using Podomatic, reviewed here.
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Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on alcohol includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and...more
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This complete unit on alcohol includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about the the biology and effects of alcohol on the body, including the effects of drinking on driving ability. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a section where students observe videos of impaired mice to compare those exposed to alcohol. Do a "lab" without te real mice!

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Ehether you choose to do the entire unit or feature the driving or mice observation exercises on a projectir, this unit is certain tohave an impacton your middle school students. If possible, engage them actively by putting them to work on laptops or in a lab to do the observations.

Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug multimedia presentations using any of the reviewed tools from the TeachersFirst Edge.
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Effects of Drugs on the Nervous System - University of Washington

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Supplement a secondary health class lesson on the dangers of drugs and alcohol with this impressive site designed for kids by a professor of anesthesiology. Charts, graphs, and illustrations...more
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Supplement a secondary health class lesson on the dangers of drugs and alcohol with this impressive site designed for kids by a professor of anesthesiology. Charts, graphs, and illustrations add to the kid-friendly tone and create an easy-to-understand resource that would be a great starting point for a research project or Web hunt.

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make multimedia anti-drug presentations using Prezi, reviewed here.

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Addiction and Neurobiology - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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What really happens to your brain when you're an addict? The National Institutes of Health offer this ambitious presentation that uses addiction to show how neurobiology works. It's...more
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What really happens to your brain when you're an addict? The National Institutes of Health offer this ambitious presentation that uses addiction to show how neurobiology works. It's a thorough presentation that uses the technology effectively to send several messages to students. Teachers will need to judge where and how this one fits into science or health curricula. See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the FLASH animations and videos in the student section are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share with a full clas or assign students to research different aspects of drugs and addiction.

Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make online anti-drug posters using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Science Behind Drug Abuse - NIDA

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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on ...more
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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on the decline in drug use among teens. The coverage also includes ecstasy and the "date rape" drugs. Counselors and nurses may find this one particularly useful.

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Drug & Alcohol Information for Teens - Department of Health and Human Services

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The US Department of Health and Human Services offers this online catalog of drug and alcohol information for teens. Many of these publications are available online, and they may prove...more
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The US Department of Health and Human Services offers this online catalog of drug and alcohol information for teens. Many of these publications are available online, and they may prove helpful to parents, students, or guidance counselors grappling with substance abuse issues. HHS also offers additional catalog sections targeted specifically to children.

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Web of Addictions Rolodex

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1 to 12
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This is a collection of agencies and resources for those who need additional help or information regarding addictions and substance abuse. Some of the agencies listed also include specific...more
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This is a collection of agencies and resources for those who need additional help or information regarding addictions and substance abuse. Some of the agencies listed also include specific web resources. Lots of toll-free numbers here for folks who need help.

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Self-scoring Alcohol Checkup

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This site offers a self-scoring quiz about behaviors and alcohol consumption designed to help users determine whether they might have a problem with alcohol use or addiction. The site...more
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This site offers a self-scoring quiz about behaviors and alcohol consumption designed to help users determine whether they might have a problem with alcohol use or addiction. The site scores questions and returns an answer on a new web page.

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Resources for Prevention of Disease - Indiana University

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9 to 12
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Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University. Includes excellent information on disease prevention relative to adolescents and young adults. Specific information on alcohol,...more
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Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University. Includes excellent information on disease prevention relative to adolescents and young adults. Specific information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs used by children and adolescents. A great tool for awareness. Award winning site.

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Marijuana Facts for Teens - National Institutes of Health

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6 to 12
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This is the web version of a National Institute for Drug Abuse publication by the same name. It contains factual information on marijuana and why not experimenting is the best ...more
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This is the web version of a National Institute for Drug Abuse publication by the same name. It contains factual information on marijuana and why not experimenting is the best strategy. Great site for teens to use in gathering accurate information on a topic replete with less-than-correct information.

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