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        Learning about Opioids Lesson | Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

        In this lesson, to be used with the program Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction, students, guardians, parents, and teachers learn the names of a some prescription opioid drugs and what effects they have on the body.

        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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        Accessibility | Tragedy & Hope

        In this segment of "Tragedy & Hope," students learn that the ease of finding, obtaining, and concealing the abuse of prescription pain pills is part of what makes them so dangerous. This is because by the time the abuse is noticed, a tolerance to them has often built up, and a serious problem with addiction has begun. Without any telltale smell, the use of pills is easier to conceal than alcohol or marijuana. People can get pills through the prescriptions of others, from friends, at house parties, or their own family members. They also may go to different doctors and pharmacies for different prescriptions. This is a problem that exists everywhere, not just in the city or the suburbs.

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        Signs and Symptoms | Tragedy & Hope

        Signs of drug abuse may look like normal young adult behavior. In this clip, from "Tragedy and Hope," we learn the clues that indicate someone may be using drugs.

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        Teresa Image | Tragedy & Hope

        Teresa worked for a physician from whom it was easy to get a prescription for opioids.

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        Opana Image | Tragedy & Hope

        Opana is an addictive opioid that is prescribed.

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