Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council
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.)
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”)
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 “)
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.
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”)
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.
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)
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)
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)