Drug education – Is there room for it in your course?

Today, the Brown County Drug Task Force presentation on commonly abused drugs at 11:30 AM at NWTC reinforced and tweaked my lesson plans on the Myths/Realities of drugs in my thinking critically and creatively classes.

  1. Three exercises are used in my classes which challenge the students’ critical thinking skills (students who think critically recognize that all thinking is based on some data, information, evidence, experience, or research), along with educating them about the myths and realities of drugs (students recognize that all thinking contains inferences from which we draw conclusions and give meaning to data and situations).

According to the Task Force – education is one of the preventive measures to help deal with the omnipresence of legal and illegal drugs which affect us directly or indirectly.

Is there room for drug education in your course?  Or is it even appropriate?

  1. Exercise 1: 25 statements about the Myth or Realities of alcohol —
    1. (Students who think critically recognize that all thinking occurs within some point of view.)
    2.  An example:

– Alcohol is an addictive drug, and anyone who drinks long and hard enough will become addicted?

Myth – it is a selective disease; there is the genetic predisposition; and while you may not become addicted (there are four stages to addiction), you may develop other physical problems such as: high blood pressure, cardiac problems, liver tissue scars.


  1. Exercise 2: students analyze 14 drugs, legal and illegal, and then they are to rank them in the order of their intrinsic hazard potential. (Students who think critically routinely strive to distinguish what they know from what they do not know.)



  1. Exercise 3: students are to complete an alcohol use self-evaluation – are you a social drinker, a problem drinker, or in the throes of addiction? (Students who think critically recognize that all thinking leads somewhere, that it has implications and, when acted upon, has consequences).


Here are a few of the questions on the self-evaluation:

                   Test yourself: yes or no   Welcome to Wisconsin’s drug culture.

  1. Do you need a drink (or other chemical substances) every day?
  2. Does drinking affect your productivity at home, work, or school?
  3. Have you ever missed a day of work or school because of drinking?

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