Too Good for Drugs High School Lesson Overview

MOPD’s Substance Use Prevention Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SUPPD) 

SUPPD is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services – Substance Use Prevention and Recovery to provide prevention education to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Illinois.  To this end, SUPPD incorporates the guiding principles from the Too Good for Drugs Curriculum, known for its strong social-emotional learning component (SEL), into its prevention education series.   

The first presentation discusses what is peer pressure and teaches different strategies on how to deal with peer pressure effectively and as a result, make healthier choices.  

The next 2-4 subsequent presentations address, “The effect of alcohol” and/or “The effect of THC and marijuana on the developing brain.”  Once students are armed with the knowledge of the dangers of these drugs, they practice newly acquired peer pressure refusal techniques to ‘’scripted” scenarios involving drugs and peers.  These presentations can be scheduled in the classroom or online.  Feel free to contact Jerod Lockhart, program supervisor, for additional information, to discuss your classroom’s unique learning needs, or to schedule your presentation(s) at   

Too Good for Drugs –  High school Lesson Overview 


50 minutes to 1 hour/period presentations 

Presentation Topics 


Nine Peer Pressure Refusal Strategies  Effects of Alcohol Use  Effects of THC and Marijuana Use 

Students compare healthy and unhealthy friendship qualities and learn the benefits of bonding with prosocial others. 

Students develop social awareness and interpersonal skills to maintain positive interactions with people at work, school, and in their communities. 






Students learn social consequences and the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol use on the teenage brain and body.  

Students examine the effects of alcohol use on the ability to reach goals.  

Students also analyze how media can influence their expectations of the effects of alcohol use. 





Students examine the misperceptions of marijuana and its use. 

Students also learn the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain and body as well as its impact on goals, activities, and occupations. 







Following this lesson, the student will be able to:



  • Identify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. 

  • Develop social awareness and interpersonal skills to maintain positive relationships.  

  • Recognize the benefits of belonging to a positive peer group. 

  • Identify and bond with a positive peer group. 

  • Manage one’s emotions in relationships to positively influence and inspire others. 




  • Recognize and evaluate the influence of expectations on the decision to consume alcohol. 

  • Identify the physical, mental, social, emotional, and legal implications of underage consumption of alcohol. 

  • Discuss the short-and long-term effects of alcohol use on the development of the teenage brain and body. 

  • Discuss the negative effects of underage drinking on achieving goals. 

  • Demonstrate peer-refusal skills in situations involving alcohol. 

  • Discuss the physical, mental, social, and emotional consequences of marijuana use. 

  • Discuss the misperceptions of marijuana and its use. 

  • Examine the effects of marijuana on the body, particularly on brain function. 

  • Evaluate the impact of marijuana impairment on goals, activities, and occupations.  

  • Discuss the psychological addition aspects of marijuana use.