The Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Wouldn't it be nice if the pain came with an expiration date? Wouldn't it be nice if prescription pain killers weren't addictive? Alas, that's not how things work. To understand the dangers of opioids and other prescription pain medications, class members watch videos, read stories about the cycle of addiction, and examine opioid information sheets before crafting posters that warn others about the dangers of prescription painkillers.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research what is being done locally and nationally about prescription drug addiction
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sensitive to the fact that class members or members of their families may have such an addiction; therefore, post and make students aware of resources available on campus or in the community 
Pros
  • Includes a link to a collection of stories about painkiller addiction and a resource about how to prevent addiction
Cons
  • None