by David Emmett & Graeme Nice
In this workbook, the exercises have been devised not to put people down by telling them that they are wrong, but to challenge them and inform them. The exercises are photocopiable as either worksheets or overhead projections and are accompanied by full instructions.
This resource containes eighteen original exercises designed to expand the participants' understanding of the issues surrounding illegal drug use. All the exercises are photocopiable as worksheets or as overhead projections and are accompanied by full instructions.
In this workbook, the exercises have been devised not to put people down by telling them that they are wrong, bad or stupid if they use drugs, but to challenge and inform them. The exercises allow participants to explore their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about today's drug culture, encouraging them to look at the subject in a less insular manner and to consider a whole range of possibilities. This workbook is intended to stimulate young people and through raising their awareness, reduce the numbers who may go on to experiment with substances, and those who may go on to develop greater problems through prolonged usage.
What About UsSuggested age: 13+
An exercise to encourage participants to consider who in society is affected by others who use drugs, and to examine the degree and seriousness of that effect.
Purpose and expected outcome
- To increase participants' awareness and understanding that drug use, either their own or that of others, not only affects the user, but has wider implications and effects for those around them.
- To encourage participants to consider the effects that drug taking has on society as a whole.
- To encourage individual responsibility over drug decisions.
- To challenge attitudes to drug use.
- To reinforce drug prevention messages.
The teacher or group leader should briefly outline the exercise and split the class into small groups. The blank target work sheets should then be distributed and participants instructed to write in the column the names of those individuals or groups that are, in their opinion, affected by someone else's drug use. They should then be told to write the number of the person or group that they consider is most affected close to the bullseye of the target, and those less affected further away. After sufficient time has elapsed for this part of the exercise each group should report back to the rest of the class its list and order of importance. The teacher can transfer this list to the board or perhaps to the projected image of the bullseye. Other members of the class should be encouraged to question the inclusion of particular individuals or groups of persons on any list, and also the positioning. Once all of the groups have reported back it may be possible to draw up a class list showing where there are areas of agreement. The suggested check-list can be used as an example, and a general discussion held on the way in which those on it or the lists produced by the class, are affected by drug use; and what the possible consequences of those effects might be.
Notes for teacher or group leader
The class can be provided with examples from the suggested list to start them off, if that is considered necessary. They should be encouraged to think of all the possibilities and not to restrict their thinking just to their immediate circle of family, friends and associates.
Follow-up exercisesParticipants could enter into the role of one of those identified as being affected by someone else's drug use, and look closely at the way in which they personally would be affected, and the consequences arising from such effects.
156 pages; 8 1/2 X 11;soft bound
Exercise 1: WHAT IF?An exercise allowing participants to examine the issues connected with the drug legalisation question.
Exercise 2: WHAT A BARGAIN!An exercise to encourage participants to compare the information thaty require before deciding to purchase a car, with the iformation required before deciding to use or buy illegal drugs.
Exercise 3: SAFETY LADDERAn exercise whereby participants evaluate the level of safety or danger in various drug related activities.
Exercise 4: SLANGAn exercise where participants consider the origins and meanings of various examples of drug slang.
Exercise 5: CHECK IT OUTA quiz designed for older pupils to increase their knowledge and awareness.
Exercise 6: FACT OR FICTION?A quiz designed for younger pupils to increase their knowledge and awareness.
Exercise 7: CAN YOU HELP ME PLEASE?An exercise in which participants are asked to reply to letters to an 'agony aunt' concerning drug related problems.
Exercise 8: WHAT ABOUT US?An exercise to encourage participants to consider who in society is affected by drug use.
Exercise 9: DRUG DIAMOND NINEAn exercise to encourage participants to consider the many reasons that lead young people to commence or cease using drugs.
Exercise 10: BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKSAn exercise allowing participants to consider the pros and cons of illegal drugs as compared with those of medicines and prescribed drugs.
Exercise 11: SCENARIOSAn exercise whereby participants look at options available to various people who are using drugs.
Exercise 12: IN MY VIEWAn exercise where participants role play various characters involved in situations brought about by someone else's drug use.
Exercise 13: LAW AND PENALTIESA quiz to allow participants to explore their knowledge of the current drug legislation.
Exercise 14: JUGSAW DRUGSAn exercise in which participants examine and reassemble facts concerning different aspects of individual drugs.
Exercise 15: HEALTH AWARENESSA quiz to enable participants to increase their knowledge and awareness of the health issues connected with drug use.
Exercise 16: JUST ANOTHER ORDINARY DAYA story exercise to promote discussion by participants of potentially dangerous drug related situations.
Exercise 17: SIX THINGS TO CONSIDERAn exercise aimed at those who may have tried drugs, been offered them or may have to make a decision whether to use or not.
Exercise 18: AN UNNECESSARY DEATHAn exercise to stimulate discussion, role play and written work centered around the accidental death of a young person involved in solvent abuse.
Appendix: A list of helping agencies
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