Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council

Teaching Tools

Teaching Tools for Substance Abuse Prevention

You are invited to use the MCSAAC library of reading materials, films, charts, models, and other equipment. Most of our teaching tools can be borrowed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’ve got a special class or school health fair coming up and want one of the items below, sign up now! We provide many brochures and flyers as “give-aways” although quantities are limited and some must be pre-ordered. Again, feel free to check in with MCSAAC staff to see what’s available. (Call 860-347-5959 or email Lisa@mcsaac.org to obtain materials.)

Equipment
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Death of a Lung

Display board features hand-painted models of lungs: one that is healthy, one with emphysema, and one with cancer. (Size 9” x 12”)
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Smoker’s Foul Mouth

This rubber model displays a variety of harmful effects including gum disease, tooth decay, lip cancer, and more. Hinged model with two removable tongues. (Size: 7” x 5 ¼ “)
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Science Kit: The Effects of Drugs

Study the effect of nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and even aspirin. Recommended for grades 7-12.This classroom kit serves fifteen pairs of students over an interval of 45 minutes each. MCSAAC prefers to loan its kit to teachers for demonstration to small groups of youth; teachers may then decide to purchase a full kit for their own use.
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Smoking Body Chart

For the classroom or health fair booth, this large laminated poster shows the many harmful effects of smoking. (Size 24” x 36”)
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Badge/Button Maker

Great for health fairs and family days! Visitors can design, produce, and walk away wearing their own “campaign” buttons that promote a healthy lifestyle. Users must pre-order enough material button-making material for their anticipated audience; MCSAAC will loan the button-maker.
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Board Game

“Hey, Dad – Let’s Talk!” is an inventive board game for boys and their fathers that will spark conversations about alcohol, drugs, peer pressure, and healthy choices.
Films about Alcohol

Death by Alcohol: The story of the small town girl whose life ended too soon

How college student Samantha Spady, who had “everything to live for” died of alcohol poisoning from vanilla-flavored vodka. Developed by the Sam Spady Foundation. (DVD)

P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol Risks Today for Youth)

A number of skits that demonstrate the high-stakes risk of teen drinking, especially at parties.

Developed by Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project. (DVD)

Forever a Child

Tells the true story of a teen who died from drinking and driving and so remains a “child” in memory.

Developed by the American Medical Association. (VHF)

Films about Tobacco

I Can’t Breathe: A Smoker’s Story

A story of the too-short life of Pam Laffin, a smoker who died from emphysema.

Developed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control. (DVD)

Kids and Tobacco: The Real Story

Why the tobacco industry’s claims of “change” are untrue and what really needs to be done.

Developed by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (DVD)

Scene Smoking

Discuss real-life choices they’ve made and what they think about the depiction of tobacco on-screen.

Developed by the American Lung Association. (VHF)

Other Films

Staying Sober and Staying Free

Thomas Henderson is a former NFL player and convicted felon. One of the first NFL players to be incarcerated for substance abuse, Thomas Henderson shares his experience and process of recovery. In his charismatic style Henderson describes the lifestyle changes he made to effectively stay sober and free. Focus is on the criminal justice system and life re-building. For young adults & adults. (DVD)

Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

Explores the development of a gambling problem by a male and female student and the consequences they experience. Developed by Quinnipiac University. (DVD)

40 Assets: Starting Over, Starting Now

Introduces these 40 positive foundation-building assets and shows how anyone and everyone can help young people. Developed by Search Institute’s Healthy Communities. (Video and Video Discussion Guide)

Free Brochures & Flyers

Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens

Parents. The Anti-Drug: The Abuse of a Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Lock Your Meds

Zero Tolerance: Under-Age Drinking

PMP: Abusing Prescription Drugs

Tips for Teens: Inhalants

Parents, the Anti-Drug: Safeguard you home from the dangers of teen drug abuse.

Tips for Teens: Marijuana

Tips for Teens: Heroin

Teens and Alcohol: Pressure on drinking with your friends.

Tips for Teens: Tobacco

Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (Posters)

393 Main Street, 2nd floor Middletown, CT 06457