Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

In the last ten years, addiction to painkiller medications and prescriptions has increased 400% and taken hold in our communities. Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.

These resources are designed for a range of audiences including middle through high school and those who come in contact with young people. The lessons and activities were created with the intent of showing all or some of the accompanying program Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction. Although each set of materials has been designated a specific audience, they were created with the understanding that they may be adapted based on educator, facilitator, or audience.

An essential part of combating this recent epidemic is awareness and education. The earlier children learn of the dangers of this kind of addiction the better. Educators in grades 6-12 are encouraged to adopt them as they are presented or integrate just segments that may compliment their current subject matter content, levels of complexity, and curriculum.