Stories of Painkiller Addiction: The Brain on Autopilot

For some people, the force of addiction can be as biologically compelling as the drive for food or water. High schoolers watch a video segment about Ryan, a recovering addict, and learn more about how opioids and other drugs can affect the brain differently in addicts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members watch the video and complete the worksheet at home for a flipped classroom activity
  • Use the extension activities as a cross-curricular link to language arts
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for high schoolers but applicable to middle school curriculum as well
  • The sixth part of an eight-lesson series on prescription drugs
Pros
  • Includes a teacher's guide and links to the video segment
  • Aligned to National Health Standards
Cons
  • None