Understanding the Opioid Epidemic


Understanding the Opioid Epidemic is a one-hour documentary that traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids and the devastating impact these drugs are having in every part of America. To accompany the television program, a community education and engagement initiative has been developed. The impact on young people, families and communities is devastating. Awareness and education can hopefully begin to slow the epidemic.

Classroom curriculum, to be used with the television program Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, has been developed. The lesson plans were created to be used with 7th-8th grade students but include ideas for adapting for use with 9th-12th grade students. Lesson content is based on the documentary as well as important themes such as misperception of opioid safety, community awareness, brain science, stigma, and the struggles associated with treatment and recovery. Lessons are aligned to National Health Education Standards.


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