Tragedy and Hope: Myth or Fact Lesson

Grades 6-12 - One class period


Program Segment



Students will be able to:

  • Explain the rates of the prescription drug epidemic
  • Recognize that continued use can cause physical dependence
  • Identify withdrawal symptoms and the seriousness of withdrawal


Instructional Resources



Addiction, drug abuse, epidemic, physical dependence, withdrawal



  1. Before the class begins, the facilitator will post the MYTH and FACT signs in opposite corners of the room.
  2. The facilitator will explain to students that a Myth or Fact statement about prescription drugs and abuse will be read aloud. After the statement is read the students will decide whether they think the statement is a Myth or Fact.
  3. Allow time for students to quickly choose a corner. After they have chosen, the facilitator will have students explain why they chose Myth or Fact.
  4. When all of the statements have been read and the decision exercise is over, have the students watch the segment from Tragedy and Hope Stories of Painkiller Addiction and take notes on what they think is most important.
  5. After watching the program segment, the facilitator will distribute the Myth or Fact Statements. Once again the Myth or Fact statements will be read but this time the facilitator will reveal to the students whether the statements were Myth or Fact and allow time for deeper discussion.
  6. Students will take home the Parent/Guardian Quiz to complete with their parent or guardian. The signed quiz should be returned in the next couple of days for part of their grade.


Assessment Task

Students should actively participate in the Myth or Fact exercise and class discussion. Students will hand in their completed Parent/Guardian Quizzes.


National Health Standards

  • Standard 7- Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.


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