The Slippery Slope

This website is designed to inform individuals about The Slippery Slope of Substance Abuse. We do not know a single reason why individuals use drugs. We do know that if people are equipped with good values, positive self concept, knowledge, and positive coping skills they can overcome many obstacles in life, including substance abuse. This site features a game of authentic learning called, The Slippery Slope of Substance Abuse. This educational game focuses on grades K-12, and makes drug awareness a part of the regular curriculum and thus part of their daily lives. Also, we have several math lessons with a drug prevention theme: Heroin Hell, Meth Math, Crack Cocaine, Narcan and the Invincibility of Youth, and three books, THE SOBER CAT which are primers to start the dialogue on drug prevention for elementary students. All products on the website are digital. The paperback version of THE SOBER CAT can be purchased by clicking on this link.

The Slippery Slope of Substance Abuse Game

Game Preview

This is an educational game for grades K-12. It is designed to help students understand the physical, legal, societal, educational and familial impact of drugs. It readily lends itself to discussion. The discussion should be led by a teacher, guidance counselor, therapist, parent, or other responsible adult. The Slippery Slope of Substance Abuse is an example of authentic learning. This game makes drug awareness part of the regular curriculum and hopefully part of the student's daily lives. Good choices result in wonderful opportunism. Bad choices can result in becoming an addict. Being an addict means either death or incarceration. This digital download can be purchased via an annual subscription by clicking on this link.

Experimentation

Most kids experiment. Inform, challenge and above all communicate with your students. Students: please develop good communication skills with everyone, especially your parents. Establish a code word or phrase to alert them when you need their help.

DSM5

This manual explains the activation of the brain's reward system is central to problems arising from drug use. The rewarding feeling that people experience as a result of taking drugs may be so profound that they neglect other normal activities in favor of taking the drug. While the pharmacological mechanisms for each class of drug are different, the activation of the reward system is similar across substance in producing feeling of pleasure or euphoria, which is often referred to as a high. The DSM5 recognizes substance related disorders resulting from the use of ten separate classes of drugs: alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, hallucinogens, and other hallucinogens such as LSD, inhalants, opioids, sedatives, hypnotics, anxiolytics, stimulants, tobacco and other substances.

Lessons

The Sober Cat

Three primers to start the dialog on drug prevention for kindergarten, 1& 2nd Grade, and 3rd & 4th Grade. The mission of THE SOBER CAT and all the products on the website: www.theslipperyslopeofsubstanceabuse.com is to prevent drug addiction and to teach drug prevention across the curriculum. Children learn about drugs one way or another. We think our way of teaching is better. We feel that drug prevention should begin in the home with the parents teaching and being good role models. And, we think drug prevention should start in the schools in kindergarten and be flavored in all subjects. Prevention is a treatment for the drug epidemic. To purchase a digital download, click here. To purchase a paperback version of THE SOBER CAT click here.




Meth Math

Introduction

The Meth Math lesson plans were developed in alignment with the Common Core State Mathematics Standards adopted for the Grade 5 curriculum in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Meth Math was also developed in accordance with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards of Texas.

These lessons emphasize Algebraic concepts and are an example of authentic learning. They are joined with Methamphetamine information with the goal to prevent the use of this drug in our children. We believe that drug prevention is best served by education and discussion across the curriculum.

We are in the process of aligning Meth Math to the standards in other states, as well as creating other math topics for the purpose of drug prevention. To purchase this digital download, click here.

Cathy McKeever, B.S. in Education; Certified Instructor
Patricia Petrusik, M.A. Vocational Rehab Counseling, Guidance K-12, C.A.A.P.


Heroin Hell

Introduction

The Heroin Hell lesson plans were developed in alignment with the Common Core State Mathematics Standards adopted for the Algebra 9th grade curriculum in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Heroin Hell was also developed in accordance with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards of Texas.

These lessons emphasize Algebraic concepts and are an example of authentic learning. They are joined with Heroin information with the goal to prevent the use of this drug in our children. We believe that drug prevention is best served by education and discussion across the curriculum.

We are in the process of aligning Heroin Hell math to the standards in other states, as well as creating other math topics for the purpose of drug prevention. To purchase this digital download, click here.


Crack Cocaine

Introduction

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The Crack Cocaine lesson plans were developed in alignment with the Common Core State Mathematics Standards adopted for the Consumer Math curriculum in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Crack Cocaine was also developed in accordance with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards of Texas.

These lessons emphasize consumer math concepts and are an example of authentic learning. They are joined with Crack Cocaine information with the goal to prevent the use of this drug in our children. We believe that drug prevention is best served by education and discussion across the curriculum.

We are in the process of aligning Crack Cocaine math to the standards in other states, as well as creating other math topics for the purpose of drug prevention.To purchase this digital download, click here.




Narcan and the Invincibility of Youth

Introduction

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The Narcan lesson plans were developed in alignment with the Common Core State Mathematics Standards adopted for the 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th, Algebra 1, and general High School math curriculum in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. These lessons were also developed in accordance with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards of Texas.

These Narcan lessons are a general review of the beginning of the year math concepts and are an example of authentic learning. They are joined with Narcan information with the goal to explain the use of this Opiate antidote. We believe that drug prevention is best served by education and discussion across the curriculum.

We are in the process of aligning the Narcan lessons to the standards in other states, as well as creating other math topics for the purpose of drug prevention purchase this digital download, click here.

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