(Updated on 11/05/2016)

Activities to print Interactive activities Posters
Cartoons Interactive games Songs
Cinema International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Stories
Conversation Questions Lesson plans Videos
Facts Listening Vocabulary
Games to print Photos Webquests


Related pages :




Vocabulary :


  • News Words: Doping - VIDEO - 14 April 2016
    "This news word tells you about a hidden practice. Watch as your hosts explain what it means."

  • Cold Turkey (
    = (slang) "Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug."
  • Drug (Wikipedia)
    1 Terminology
    2 Efficacy
    3 Risks
    4 Distribution
    5 Medications
    6 Prohibition
    7 Drug addiction
    8 Classification
    9 Regulations
    10 UN documents
    11 See also
    12 External links
    13 Bibliography


Facts :

  • Fentanyl: The powerful opioid that killed Prince - with a VIDEO - 3 June 2016
    "America's addiction to opioid-based painkillers and heroin just got exponentially more dangerous.
    The most potent painkiller on the market, prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment, is being made illicitly and sold on the streets, delivering a super high and, far too often, death..."

  • How do cartels get drugs into the US? - Article + Photos + Videos - 3 December 2015
    "A recent report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that drug overdoses kill more people in the US than car accidents or guns. Some deaths are through prescription drugs, others by cocaine or, increasingly, heroin...
    "[Now] well over 95% of the drugs are moving on the water via container ships, non-commercial vessels, pleasure boats, sail boats, fishing boats. They also have fast boats...
    "We've seen growing use of self-propelled semi-submersibles (SPSSs)"



  • Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado - 1 January 2014
    "The US state of Colorado is making history by becoming the first to allow stores to sell cannabis...
    Colorado and Washington are among 20 states to have approved marijuana use for medical purposes. The drug is still illegal under federal law."

    SEE Videos


  • 100 years of the war on drugs - 24 January 2012
    "The first international drug treaty was signed a century ago this week. So what was the war on drugs like in 1912?"

    + Statements in the war on drugs
    + For medicinal purposes



    Cocaine: a European Union perspective in the global context - EMCDDA; Europol, Lisbon, April 2010
    "This report provides an overview of what is known about how cocaine is produced and trafficked into the European Union.
    It aims to provide a better understanding of the actors involved, the routes taken, and the scale of the problem in Europe.
    It also reviews some of the supply reduction responses already developed at European level.
    Its findings are based on the latest data and analysis available from specialised European and international organisations, NGOs and scholars.
    This publication is structured in a way that provides a condensed review of key issues relevant to understanding
    how cocaine reaches European markets. Background information on the chemistry and legal status of cocaine and crack cocaine, as well as key European figures, are also provided."
    Download as pdf (3.1Mb)


  • Busted by his own dog
    "Sgt. John Terrel, a sheriff’s deputy in Moro, Oregon pulled over a pickup truck with California plates.
    As he approached the vehicle, a sock flew out the window. The sock was stuffed with marijuana..."



  • Colombia police catch drug-smuggling pigeon 
    "They have captured a carrier pigeon that was being used to smuggle drugs into a prison."



  • Synthetic drugs popular as use of opiates wanes - UN
    "Drug use is moving away from cocaine and opiates and towards synthetic drugs such as amphetamines, the UN says."

    UN Says World Shifting to Synthetic Drugs - a lesson plan

  • Festival organisers asked to warn against 'legal highs'
    "We are asking festival organisers and police to work with us to send out the message that these substances may not be safe and could contain illegal drugs... Some drugs previously sold as "legal highs" have now been banned, including mephedrone, now a Class B drug."

    See Legal intoxicants

  • Marijuana megastore opens in Oakland CA
    "Imagine, 15,000 square feet of warehouse store that's a one stop shopping center for everything you need to grow cannabis.
    No prescription, no problem, doctors are on site!
    However, there's one item that won't be on the shelves at iGrow - the plants.  " 

    Marijuana Megastore Plants Roots in Oakland, California
    "The 15,000-square foot warehouse is a one-stop shop for everything cannabis cultivation — from lights and fans to fertilizer and additives.
    An on-site doctor will issue recommendations and technicians will be on-hand to teach prospective growers how to get their roots into the business."


  • How can drug-taking be stopped, asks Clive James.
    "Even if you accept the idea that the war on drugs cannot be won and that legalisation could be the answer, persuading people that real life is
    better than narcotics is not an easy job."


    "Coleridge was an enthusiastic quaffer of laudanum."


  • 2009 Annual report: the state of the drugs problem in Europe

    Table of contents :

    • Policies and laws
    • Responding to drug problems in Europe — an overview
    • Cannabis
    • Amphetamines, ecstasy and LSD
    • Cocaine and crack cocaine
    • Opioid use and drug injection
    • Drug-related infectious diseases and drug-related deaths
    • New drugs and emerging trends

  • Cloned sniffer dogs begin duties
    "South Korea's customs service says it has deployed the "world's first cloned sniffer dogs" to check for drugs at its main airport and border crossings."


  • 'Cocaine cast' tests Customs
    ""A Chilean man with a broken leg has been arrested at Barcelona airport wearing a 'cast' made of cocaine.
    The 66-year-old carried six cans of beer and two hollowed-out stools that also contained the class A drug. "

    - with a VIDEO
  • Mexican navy seizes cocaine sub
    "The Mexican navy says it has seized nearly six tonnes of cocaine found inside a 10m-long (31ft) makeshift submarine in the Pacific Ocean."

    - with a VIDEO


    - navy / submarine / crew / troops / Mexican forces / marines / helicopters / naval vessels / GPS / compass / sail /
    freeboard (distance from the deck to the water)
    - The US Homeland Security Secretary / US intelligence / A naval spokesman / President Felipe Calderon / Colombian crew members /
    Vice-Admiral / Officials / Authorities...
    - aerial surveillance / radars / electronic detection device / patrols / military barracks
    - seize / take into custody / the haul / cargo / intercept / to tow to shore
    / seizure / capture / detain / tackle trafficking / confiscate / to rid of
    - cocaine / drugs / packages wrapped in black plastic
    / drug cartels / marijuana / organised and drug-related crime / cartel bosses / traffickers /
    lucrative enterprise


    - TENSES ( + indirect speech) :
    The Mexican navy says it has seized / A naval spokesman said they had known / He added that the navy had stepped up patrols /
    They said they had sailed / Officials said that about three tonnes of the drug were found / the Mexican army says it has confiscated /
    Authorities say the traffickers are
    had been carrying its cargo / US intelligence had led Mexican forces... / This is going to force us / They did not specify

    have been taken into custody / it was intercepted / the submarine was equipped with...
    / is not detected by radars /
    Four people were detained
    / where the sub was seized. / three tonnes of the drug were found / the rest was discovered /
    the traffickers are extremely organised

  • Doping (sport)
    "In sports, doping refers to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, particularly those forbidden by organizations that regulate competitions. Doping is mostly done to improve athletic performance..."


  • Six-month jail sentence for Jones
    "American Olympian Marion Jones has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying about steroid use and involvement in a drugs fraud case."




  • Drugs of Abuse - Examples (
    alcohol - alkyl nitrites - amphetamines - barbiturates - benzodiazepines - cannabis - cocaine - ecstasy - heroin - khat -
    LSD - magic mushrooms - solvents - steroids - tobacco

  • Drug and Alcohol (



  • Commonly Abused Drugs ( :
    - Substance: Category and Name
    - Examples of Commercial and Street Names
    - DEA Schedule*/ How Administered**
    - Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences


  • Drugs (
    - What are drugs?
    - Types of drugs
    - Stimulants
    - Depressants
    - Hallucinogens
    - Drugs - some facts and figures
    - The Law and drugs
    - Helping your friend
    - Dr Kim says

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - 26 June :




    "Drugs destroy lives and communities, undermine sustainable human development and generate crime. Drugs affect all sectors of society in all countries; in particular, drug abuse affects the freedom and development of young people, the world's most valuable asset."
    United Nations General Assembly, 1998





Photos :

  • Rio's drug war - PHOTOS
    "An estimated 500 to 600 drug traffickers were hiding in the Complexo do Alemão area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Over several days last week, shootouts between police and gang members left at least 42 people dead and residents terrified.
    The Big Picture Blog has 40 photographs from the raids. Some may be disturbing."



Listening :

  • ‘Hated’ Drug Company Head Arrested by FBI - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
    "A man once described as the “most hated man in America” was arrested Thursday.
    Martin Shkreli drew fire for sharply raising prices for a drug used by cancer and AIDs patients.
    Now he faces charges for securities fraud. "



INTERACTIVE activities :

  • Mouse Party
    "Take a look inside the brains of mice on drugs!
    Every drug of abuse has its own molecular mechanism.
    You'll learn how these various drugs disrupt the synapse to make the user feel "high".

Activities TO PRINT :



Lesson plans :

  • New product tests for spiked drinks (May 27, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A British businessman has developed a product that helps people test drinks they think might have been drugged, or 'spiked'."

  • Uruguay to legalise marijuana trade (December 14, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalise the marijuana trade, from the drug's production to its distribution."

  • Adidas suspends sponsorship of athlete Tyson Gay (17 July 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Sportswear manufacturer Adidas has suspended its sponsorship of U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay after the athlete failed a drugs test."




  • Study says alcohol more harmful than marijuana (Breaking News English)
    - a lesson plan

  • Tougher steroid fines for U.S. sport - a lesson plan (Breaking News English)
    with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."



Webquests :


Conversation Questions :

  • Drugs in Sport (
    "Should the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport be legalised?"

    Pros and Cons



Games TO PRINT :

  • DRUGS AND THEIR KIN - "Find the drug-related words in the word search activity"

Cartoons :



Drug-free America ?


Drug dependence

Overdose - Cartoons


Drug use



Songs :


  • Ed Sheeran - The A Team  (YouTube) + LYRICS (
    "White lips, pale face
    Breathing in snowflakes
    Burnt lungs, sour taste

    Light's gone, day's end
    Struggling to pay rent..."


  • Cold Turkey by John Lennon (
    "My feet are so heavy
    So is my head
    I wish I was a baby
    I wish I was dead

    Cold turkey has got me on the run"

    Cold Turkey (
    = (slang) "Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug."
  • Not an addict by K's Choice (
    "It's over now, I'm cold, alone
    I'm just a person on my own
    Nothing means a thing to me"


  • The drugs don't work by The Verve (
    "Now the drugs don't work
    They just make you worse"

  • Cocaine by Eric Clapton (
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • AaRON- U Turn(lili) (You Tube)
    - with the lyrics
    "Lili, easy as a kiss we'll find an answer
    Put all your fears back in the shade
    Don't become a ghost without no colour
    Cause you're the best paint life ever made"


Posters :

  • Nova Vida rehab centre: Rollercoaster - “Drugs take you to a way you may not come back”
    "is the slogan for this rollercoaster campaign for the Brazilian Nova Vida rehab centre.
    The illustration creates a great atmosphere; it fits perfectly for a Rehab Centre.
    In some parts the poster seems quite fun, but if you look closer the details can be pretty scary."

    (Creative Criminals)



Cinema :


  • Trainspotting
  • American Gangster Trailer

    American Gangster (film) - a true story
    It "is a 2007 crime film written by Steve Zaillian and directed by Ridley Scott...
    Washington portrays Frank Lucas, a real-life heroin kingpin from Harlem who smuggled the drug into the
    country in American service planes returning from the Vietnam War..."




Stories :

  • Hooked - Part 5
    "Hooked - the full story. When packets of white powder washed up on the beach after a shipwreck, Buba's life as he knew it ended.
    What seemed to be a lucky break turned out to be the opposite...
    Hooked explores difficult themes of drug taking."



  • James BOWEN ('A Street Cat Named Bob')

  • Tomato botch-up in Wester Ross (Scotland) - an article
    "BUNGLING cops launched a full-scale raid on a 79-year-old gran's house - after mistaking her tomato plants for CANNABIS."


  • "HOOKED!" (1966) Comic book about heroin abuse. (



  • Rapper and Obama warn of drug danger - VIDEO - 14 May 2016

  • News Words: Doping - VIDEO - 14 April 2016
    "This news word tells you about a hidden practice. Watch as your hosts explain what it means."


  • Sean Penn breaks his silence on controversial "El Chapo" meeting
    "The actor is speaking out about his secret trip to Mexico to meet notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
    Mexico recaptured the cartel leader a week ago.
    Penn made headlines the following day when Rolling Stone published his account of visiting the kingpin in hiding last October.
    In an interview for this Sunday's “60 Minutes,” Penn spoke to “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose in Santa Monica to talk about his seven hours with Guzman."



  • Making marijuana into a legitimate business - VIDEO - 10 March 2015 
    "Cannabis has been legal for recreational use in the US states of Washington and Colorado for more than a year now.
    Voters have also backed legalisation in Alaska and Oregon, and are facing a new challenge
    - how to turn an illegal drug into a legitimate business.
    Alastair Leithead has been to Seattle - to see how legal cannabis is going, and over the border to Salem, Oregon
    - to see how they are planning to implement it."


  • Reuters Video: Marijuana bakery prepares for business high - 2 January 2014 + TRANSCRIPT
    "Love's Oven bakery in Denver, Colorado, prepares to serve up tasty treats with a unique ingredient - pot. Jillian Kitchener reports."

    + IDIOM + VOCABULARY+ Related articles

    Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado - 1 January 2014
    "The US state of Colorado is making history by becoming the first to allow stores to sell cannabis...
    Colorado and Washington are among 20 states to have approved marijuana use for medical purposes. The drug is still illegal under federal law."


    Legal pot sales begin Jan. 1 in Colorado - 30 December 2013 - ARTICLE + VIDEO
    "Legal marijuana sales to those 21 and older begin Wednesday. Long lines are expected in Denver as only eight retail shops have cleared
    the legal hurdles to sell marijuana, raising concerns there won't be enough supply to meet the demand."


  • On drugs patrol at US-Mexico border - "This video contains some graphic images."

  • How street cat named Bob saved busker - 30 June 2013
    "Busker James Bowen was homeless when a ginger tomcat walked into his life.
    Since then his book about the unlikely friendship, A Street Cat Named Bob, has sold over 700,000 copies, and been translated into over 20 languages.
    James and Bob joined Jeremy Vine on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show."


  • Reuters Video: Doping evidence against Armstrong overwhelming-USDA
    "New evidence released by the US Anti-Doping Agency says Lance Armstrong ran the most sophisticated doping ring in sport history. Julie Noce reports."