This first session of Healthy Living 8 includes a very brief refresher on the concept of influencing factors connected to alcohol, cannabis, and other drug-related decision making. It carries through with the Healthy Living 7 curriculum outcome Identify personal, social, and cultural influences related to alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use (B3.7) that forms the foundation of this curriculum supplement. It also introduces grade 8 students to the entire unit and sets the stage for an ongoing discussion on alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs. The first class includes a brief brainstorming activity that asks students to reflect on the substances that are actually available in their community as well as the substances that they suspect are being experimented with by other students in their school or community. This provides students with the opportunity to consider the role that environmental influences (e.g., what substances are available) and social influences (e.g., what their peers are doing) may play in their own substance-use choices.

A summary of the curriculum links, activity objectives, time and preparation required, and the necessary materials can be found by clicking
here or on the Outcomes link in this section.