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        Myth or Fact Lesson | Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

        In this lesson, to be used with the program Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction, students learn how abuse of prescription drugs has contributed to the epidemic of addiction. They also learn about the biology of addiction, including the impact genetics and brain development can have.

        The Science of Addiction | Tragedy & Hope

        Addiction is a disease of the brain, as students will learn from this segment of "Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction." Opiates relieve physical pain but are sometimes misused for emotional pain. Stimulants produce a carefree, elevated experience. These drugs reprogram the brain and when a person comes down from them, they are very depressed. Some addiction-prone people may feel a need for the drug much like hunger tells us to eat and thirst tells us to drink. Those with a family history of addiction are born with a genetic predisposition to addiction. Additionally, because the brain is still developing until approximately age 25, individuals who begin to use drugs while they are young are more likely to develop an addiction.

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        Ian Image | Tragedy & Hope

        Ian became addicted to prescription painkillers.

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        Pills Image | Tragedy & Hope

        A photograph of the various pills that may be addictive.

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