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A Park or a Cage?

Resource Type
Activity
Lesson Plan
Grade Level
9
Submitted By
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research - one year ago
Description
“Drugs cause addiction.” This was the conclusion …
Resource Type
Activity
Lesson Plan
Grade Level
9
Submitted By
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research - one year ago
Description
“Drugs cause addiction.” This was the conclusion drawn from repeated rat experiments in numerous university research centres in the 1950s and 60s. These studies had involved the use of tiny cages with contraptions that allowed isolated animals to drink drug-laced sugar water or inject drugs by pressing a lever. The rats consumed large amounts of heroin, morphine, amphetamine, cocaine and other drugs, sometimes not eating and dying through neglect. This led scientists to conclude that the drugs had innate powers that made them irresistible to rats and humans alike.
Subject
Health and PE
Keywords
iMinds
drug literacy
substance use
drug education
the rat park experiment
drug addiction
health literacy
URLs
www.iminds.ca
Learning Standards
Curricular competencies • Social and community health o Createstrategiesforpromotingthehealthandwell-beingoftheschoolandcommunity • Mental well-being o Analyzestrategiesforpromotingmentalwell-beingforselfandothers o Assessandevaluatestrategiesformanagingproblemsrelatedtomentalwell-beingand substance use for others o Exploreanddescribefactorsthatshapepersonalidentities,includingsocialandcultural factors
Duration
60 to 90 minutes with potential for more
Language
English
Date Created
May 19, 2017