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Use These Videos to Help Teens Shatter the Myths About Brain Development and the Effects of Drug Use
Teens might feel overwhelmed by information they receive online, on social media, and from TV, movies, music, or friends, which can make it challenging to separate fact from fiction. Watching videos and discussing them as a group can help your students counteract myths about drugs, alcohol, and brain development. Check out the videos below for inspiration to get the conversation started.
Teen Brain Development Drug use can impact brain development. This video, narrated by a real teen, explains brain development and encourages teens to make healthy choices to properly “code” their own brains to give them their best possible future. (This video is also available in Spanish.)
Naloxone Saves Lives The opioid crisis is a complicated problem that requires many solutions. Scientists and health care professionals are working toward those solutions and helping to change the course of people’s lives. One result of their work is a medication called naloxone which is saving lives every day. This video reviews when naloxone is used, how it is administered, and the way it works in the brain.
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