Drugs that are commonly abused and Effects of drug abuse Basic Science Primary 6 First Term Lesson Notes Week 8

Subject :

Civic Education

Topic :

(A). Drugs that are commonly abused


(B). Effect of drug abuse

Class :

Primary 6 / Basic 6


Term :

Third Term


Week :

Week 6


Instructional Materials :

  • Cardboard
  • Wall charts displaying pictures of drug addicts
  • Pictures of drugs that are commonly abuse
  • Charts
  • YouTube videos of reformed and rehabilitated drugs addicts



Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have been taught the moral aspects of drug education


Behavioural Objectives :  At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • Define drug abuse
  • Say the bad effects of abusing drugs
  • Mention some drugs that are commonly abused




Content :


Drug abuse simply refers to the use of both traditional and orthodox drugs without doctor’s advice or prescription. It is a common practice among most people to take drugs without prescription as such drugs may cause serious health problems later in life.


Examples of Drugs That Are Commonly Abused 

  1. Agbo (herbal concoction)
  2. Igbo (Indian hemp)
  3. Weed (ewe)
  4. Cocaine (coke)
  5. Tobacco
  6. Alcohol
  7. Caffeine
  8. Menthol etc



Effects of Drug Abuse

  1. Lose of concentration
  2. Weak limbs
  3. Blur sight
  4. Shaking hands and legs
  5. Nonsense talking
  6. Mentally sick
  7. Poor attitude towards work
  8. Aggressive behaviours
  9. Poor performance in school
  10. Kidney damage
  11. Lung problems
  12. Financial problems
  13. Social withdrawal
  14. Sleeplessness



The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise


Evaluation :

  1. What is drug abuse
  2. Mention four drugs that are commonly abused
  3. Mention five effects of drug abuse
  4. Drug abuse refers to the use of both traditional and orthodox drugs without ______ or _______. a) teacher’s advice, guidelines b) doctor’s advice, prescription c) parent’s advice, permission d) friend’s advice, supervision
  5. Taking drugs without a prescription can lead to _______ health problems later in life. a) minor b) serious c) temporary d) emotional
  6. Which of the following is NOT an example of drugs that are commonly abused? a) Agbo (herbal concoction) b) Caffeine c) Menthol d) Orange juice
  7. What is another term for Indian hemp? a) Weed (ewe) b) Agbo c) Cocaine d) Tobacco
  8. What is the effect of drug abuse where a person’s limbs become weak? a) Mental sickness b) Sleeplessness c) Weak limbs d) Financial problems
  9. Blurred sight is one of the effects of drug abuse. What happens to a person’s vision when they experience this? a) Vision becomes clearer b) Vision remains the same c) Vision becomes blurry d) Vision becomes colorful
  10. Which of the following is NOT an effect of drug abuse? a) Social withdrawal b) Poor attitude towards work c) Improved concentration d) Nonsense talking
  11. Drug abuse can lead to poor performance in school. What does this mean? a) Better grades in school b) Doing well in school activities c) Not doing well in school d) Making friends in school
  12. What part of the body can be damaged by drug abuse? a) Heart b) Kidneys c) Eyes d) Hair
  13. Which drug can cause lung problems if abused? a) Menthol b) Agbo (herbal concoction) c) Tobacco d) Cocaine
  14. What is the term for talking in a way that doesn’t make sense as an effect of drug abuse? a) Meaningful conversation b) Nonsense talking c) Silent communication d) Friendly chit-chat
  15. Drug abuse can lead to aggressive behaviors. What does “aggressive” mean? a) Peaceful and calm b) Showing kindness c) Acting angrily and violently d) Being shy and quiet
  16. What is the effect of drug abuse where a person withdraws from social activities? a) Making more friends b) Social withdrawal c) Better communication d) Increased popularity
  17. Lack of concentration is an effect of drug abuse. What does “lack of concentration” mean? a) Paying attention and focusing b) Being energetic c) Being disinterested and easily distracted d) Having a lot of friends
  18. Why should people avoid drug abuse? a) To improve their health b) To have fun c) To become famous d) To follow a trend

Conclusion :


The class teacher ask the pupils some questions. He gives out and he goes round to mark


Assignment :

Prepare for the next lesson by reading about


Drug laws and their enforcement

(A). Meaning of drugs trafficking

(B). Consequences of drug trafficking




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