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Lesson 4: Opioids: Get the Facts


This lesson focuses on the dangers of opioid misuse and the importance of treatment for recovery. Students read some real-world stories about opioid addiction, then work in small groups to summarize the negative consequences of opioid misuse and examine the role of treatment in recovery. They summarize their learning by writing a blog post to encourage other teens to avoid opioid addiction.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe negative consequences of misusing opioids.
  2. Explain the importance of treatment for opioid addiction.

Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-2: Avoid misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
  • AOD-4: Avoid the use of illegal drugs.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.9: Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors
  • Standard 3: Accessing Resources
  • Performance Indicator 3.12.4: Determine when professional health services may be required.
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