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Can you think like a kid? How would you define / describe DRUGS to school kids? How might a kid interpret and use that definition of drugs?

What's the most basic definition of drugs that is universally understandable? Many programs are already in place, or accessible in DVD format. But I believe they need a foundation to work on: I assert that the foundation of drug education is the BASIC definition of DRUGS.
I'm working on creating a universally (in English right now) successful and effective model of drug prevention education which educates and empowers kids to think about drugs without media or cultural influences. Currently Drugs = 2nd largest industry in the world; It's a huge culture with massive financial incentive.
Primarily my thought is to use DVD to educate kids about drugs. Looking for simple, short to the point programs. Let me know if any fit.

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  • Dec 21 2011: Alright, to provide the youth perspective: substances that alter the function of the mind for purposes of, I suppose, elements of enjoyment. This sort of escape from reality is often negative due to health risks and the avoidance of the opportunity and life out there to be had. As a freshman in high school, that seems realistic.
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      Dec 21 2011: Nicolo,
      1st I want to point out you're the first person to just answer my question. That says a LOT!!
      your answer:
      Drugs: substances that alter the function of the mind for purposes of, I suppose, elements of enjoyment. This sort of escape from reality is often negative due to health risks and the avoidance of the opportunity and life out there to be had.

      The reason for my longer answer and questioning is that this is how I learn and teach: I ask questions. There are no right and wrong answers, I want to know how students are thinking about these questions 1st.

      Would high school students be easily able to think with that definition? Would you modify it for grade 8s or 7s or 6s?

      I'm interested in your answer primarily as you're in high school and secondly as I've heard this answer from many students, yet I dismissed it because I may be sitting in a classroom where 1/2 the class is on some mind altering drug prescribed by their doctor. Yet your definition is still true, yet many argue that they gain more benefit than harm therefore it's medicine (a good drug). A) I don't distinguish between 'good' drugs and 'bad' drugs. B) do you think I should talk about them differently? Would you suggest I talk about 'recreational' or experimental drugs separately from Rx drugs? Problem here, Rx drugs are abused more than street drugs, even through faulty prescription by doctors.

      Comments:
      Some argue that sugar is a drug as it tends to change how one feels or behaves. I'm not on either side of that debate: in looking at your full definition, I think we'd be pretty safe to answer the 'sugar' defense with the second part of your definition.

      I'm curious how you would describe 'opportunity' to a high school student. Some believe getting 'blotto / high / chill, etc' is an opportunity. Please tell me how a high school student looks at opportunity today.

      Feel free to answer or leave unanswered any question / comment. I appreciate your input

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