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After the Lesson

This is Not About Drugs

Welcome to This is Not About Drugs:
After the Lesson


This is Not About Drugs (TINAD) is the first youth-focused educational program addressing the opioid health crisis. It is a universal program addressing substance misuse with an emphasis on prescription pain medicine (opioids) and heroin.

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Main Takeaways

Prescription Pain Pills = Heroin

Both are opioids.

Opioids are Highly Addictive

When you use opioids and heroin, you lose your ability to choose.

There is a Risk Every Time

You can become addicted or overdose with just one use, or second, or third.

It Usually Starts with Marijuana, Alcohol, etc.

Heroin and prescription pain pills are rarely the starting point.

From the Film

Click the “+” or the statement to read more from each individual.

I OD’d a couple of times and that really like changed me—knowing that you were on that bed, dead and having to come back to life. And then you’re all alone. All alone, broke, and probably in jail.

I’ve never met a person that’s doing good for themselves on heroin—never met them.

It’s a horrible life to go down for real—I wish I never did. Just say no—do that because it works and will help you out in the long run.

If you are with a negative and if you’re not strong enough in your own self—you will be brought down with them. You won’t even know it. You will defend yourself, you’ll justify yourself—oh nothing is wrong with me, I’m not changing. But you do and when that happens your mentality changes.

I started like any other kid, just smoking pot. Then nerve pills, Adderall, and pain pills. Then pain pills were not enough. That is when I started using heroin.

​When I look back now, I think, why did I let myself do that. You have so much potential you can do anything. You can be anything you want to be. Why just throw all that away just for a buzz it’s not worth it—at all.

I’m just now getting at that age where I have friends who are doing drugs. And because of what happened to my brother I just know that it’s not worth the consequences.

​It seems really rational when you do it. Like you’re the exception to becoming addicted. I’m not going to become addicted. But what if everyone thinks that before they take this.

​So really, just trying any drug is a risk. You know the outcome is most likely going to be a lot more negative than positive-inevitably.

Why did I start? One of those times when you’re with your friends you know. It was peer pressure, man.

​If you’re looking up to people like that, people who are doing drugs and stuff. Like if you think that’s cool—you’ve got to be young minded. Cause in reality drugs don’t get you far. They are going to get you in a casket or locked up in prison.

When I got to high school all my friendships just kind of fell apart. And they were all totally different than I’ve been use to all my life.

​You don’t have to look just like everyone else and you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.

Find things that make you happy. Find good people in your life and then you won’t need something to fill that void in your life. Because it’s never worth it, it won’t ever be worth it.

I was experimenting with drugs because of my temporary problems, which I don’t really find temporary.
They really messed my head up. You want to stay high because you don’t want to think about the problems. If you keep on getting high you’re going to be in the same situation you were stuck in 6 years ago.​

At first it’s a really easy choice. You can say yes or no.​ I really don’t know how to explain it – you want it every day. All day. And you try to get it every day, all day just to get that one feeling. But you’ll never have it – ever. I just knew I was dying. I was slowly killing myself.

It wasn’t until he overdosed that I actually even realized that my dad had alcohol problems, drug problems for my whole life.

I guess it really began with him smoking pot and drinking. Those things were sort of the starting point for him and then it just progressed from there.

​There are mistakes where even an entire lifetime is not going to be enough to really fix it.

If you want to get up and you want go to school, then you’re going to get up and go to school. If you want to get good grades and you want to go to college, you’re going to go to college. You’ll find a way. 

But if you want to sit at home and you want to sleep all day and you want to feel sorry for yourself, then that’s what you’re going to do. So I guess I had to change my want to. ​

​You don’t have to be where you came from. It’s all part of what you want and who you want to be.

You are going to be curious. It is natural to be curious. But there are big consequences here. When you start exploring with this stuff there are some major, major consequences.​

Heroin is an opioid—same as prescription pain pills. Both are highly addictive. It is a drug that is meant to slow things down. And what happens in an overdose is the body will just stop responding—it will stop breathing. So rather than slowing it down it will stop it altogether.

Student Takeaways

Student 1

Drugs can really mess up someone's life. More than anyone thinks in the first place, but listening to someone describe how hard it was to get through hit me in ways that are indescribable.

Student 2

Prescription drugs and heroin are the same type of drug and are equally dangerous. Both are opioids, and both have the potential to end your life.

Student 3

Practically any drug out there could really screw up your plans for life. If I want to do big things, I can't let something stupid like a little pill affect my grades, my goals, and my friendships/relationships.

Student 4

Don’t do any kind of drugs because you will probably end up somewhere you never thought you would be.

Student 5

If a family member is addicted, they don’t not love you ... they’re just in a mindset that’s planted in them … caused by the drugs and they can get better.

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