Teach students about the names and types of common drugs. Explain how drugs work in the body and how their effects alter body chemistry over time, and correct any misconceptions your students may have. For example, your students may believe that drug use occurs only in inner cities or in places associated with dark or criminal activity.
As students become more educated about drugs, the mystery and excitement surrounding those drugs will diminish. They will also become better armed against peer pressure and will be more prepared to identify any friends or family members who may have a substance-abuse problem.