Middle/High School Lessons

The NNEPC has developed lessons on inhalant abuse, medication abuse and caffeine and energy drinks for use in schools.

Medication Abuse Prevention

Currently, we have a limited number of free kits focused on medication abuse prevention available for interested high school staff in Vermont thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Health. Each kit includes:

  • Three medication abuse prevention lessons based on the Vermont Health Education Grade Expectations:
    1. Poison Prevention: Covers what poisons are, how to prevent poisonings and what to do in a poison emergency.
    2. Introduction to the Brain: An overview of the parts of the brain and their functions, and the effects of stimulants, depressants and other drugs on the brain.
    3. Medication Abuse Prevention: Provides medication safety tips, defines medication misuse and abuse, offers prevention steps.
  • Educational DVD
  • Teaching guide and classroom materials

To learn more about this program, or to request a kit and set up a training, please contact Gayle Finkelstein.

Inhalant Abuse Prevention

The NNEPC has a limited number of free kits focusing on inhalant abuse prevention available to interested middle school staff in Vermont. Each kit contains:

  • Four inhalant abuse prevention lessons based on the Vermont Health Education Grade Expectations:
    1. Poison Prevention: Covers what poisons are, how to prevent poisonings and what to do in a poison emergency. Appropriate for students in Grade 4 and higher.
    2. Body Pollution: Compares environmental pollution to toxins in the body, offers a guide to product labels and product safety. Appropriate for students in Grade 5 and higher.
    3. Danger! Toxic Chemicals: An overview of the parts of the brain and their functions, and the effects of inhalants on the brain and behavior. Appropriate for students in Grade 6 and higher.
    4. Toxic Chemicals and Poison Prevention: A single lesson combining elements of the first three, appropriate for students in Grade 5 and higher.
  • Educational DVD
  • Teaching guide and classroom materials

To learn more or request a kit and set up a training, please contact Gayle Finkelstein.

Caffeine and Energy Drinks

The NNEPC has a lesson plan and corresponding trivia game aimed at high school students game available as a free download.