This resource has undergone expert review.

Resource Overview

Time Allocated

Partial lesson (under 45mins)

Links to National Curriculum

Origin

International

Cost

Free

Talk to Frank: Drugs on the Brain

  • screen shot of brain activity
  • screen shot: why do some people freak out?
  • screenshot of scientists

Available

Year: Year 9–10, Year 11–12

Developers

Talk to Frank (initiative funded by the Home Office, UK)

Summary

Video length: Five short videos, each under 2 minutes. 

This British series of very short videos provide a short introduction to cannabis, LSD, Cocaine, MDMA/Ecstasy, and Heroin. They focus specifically on the effect of these substances on the neurochemical processes within the brain. 

Expected Benefits

  • Increased knowledge of drug-related effects and harms.

Evidence Base

Expert Review*:

Drugs on the Brain is an engaging series of animated videos that provide brief, factual information about five illegal drugs. The series is well-produced and uses interesting pop-art graphics to illustrate its key points. The animated depiction of neurochemical effects within the brain will help young people to understand how these drugs influence perceptions, emotions and behaviour in the short and long-term. When viewed as a series, the videos can be a useful way to highlight the similarities and differences across different drugs. Given their brevity, these videos would provide a useful introduction or conversation starting point. 

*Review provided by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.