Medication Safety for Teens

The most valuable way to protect teenagers from prescription drug abuse is to equip them with knowledge. An informative slideshow covers various aspects of prescription drug safety, including the importance of keeping one's prescription to him or herself, and following the instructions on the bottle.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as an introduction to a unit on opioid abuse or substance addiction
  • Have class members write about any family history they are aware of concerning drug use, and how that person's experience informs their own
Classroom Considerations
  • Notes are for the teacher, not the student; presentation is designed as part of class instruction rather than independent learning
  • Part of a larger unit on prescription drugs
Pros
  • Slide notes include lecture tips and transitions 
  • Brings up age-appropriate talking points for high schoolers
  • Provides a version of the entire unit in Spanish
Cons
  • None