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Lesson 7: Opioids: What's the Truth?


This lesson focuses on the dangers of opioid misuse. Students brainstorm what they know or have heard about opioids, then read a fact sheet about these drugs. They work in small groups to highlight the key information they think students need to know about opioids from the reading. Then they analyze a story to identify examples of both proper use and misuse and describe some of the negative consequences that happen as a result of opioid misuse.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between proper use and abuse of prescription opioids.
  2. Describe negative consequences of misusing opioids

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 1.8.1: Analyze the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.8.8: Examine the likelihood of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 1.8.9: Examine the potential seriousness of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
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