This lesson focuses on the difference between proper use, misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Students brainstorm a list of legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and discuss the benefits these medications can provide. They review and practice how to read a label for proper use of both kinds of drugs. Then they discuss how prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be misused and abused, and the reasons people might do this. They work in pairs to read scenarios about teens’ experiences with some prescription or over-the-counter drugs and analyze which are examples of proper use, misuse and abuse.
Note: If time is limited, the assessment activity sheet may be completed individually as homework.
Students will be able to:
Time: 60 - 75 minutes