Tragedy and Hope: Decisions and Consequences Lesson
Grade Levels 9 - 12 - Two class periods
- Accessibility (approximately 8 minutes)
- Signs and Symptoms (approximately 3 minutes)
- Treatment and Relapse (approximately 9 minutes)
- Ryan’s Story (approximately 4 minutes)
- Avi & Julie’s Story (approximately 5 minutes)
Students will be able to:
- Understand most outcomes of prescription painkiller addiction as treatment, jail, or death
- Recognize what decisions they could make to avoid prescription drug abuse consequences
- Tragedy and Hope Stories of Painkiller Addiction
- Treatment, Jail, or Death Worksheet
- Decisions and Consequences Flow Chart
- The facilitator introduces the topic of prescription painkiller addiction. In some cases the exposure to the drugs is by the choice of an individual.
- Students will watch the Accessibility, Signs and Symptoms, and Treatment and Relapse segments from Tragedy and Hope Stories of Painkiller Addiction.
- The facilitator will distribute the Treatment, Jail, or Death Worksheet. The class will read the quote at the top of the worksheet and complete the section on what they think the quote means.
- The facilitator will start a discussion based on the quote and talk about the students’ comments and questions. Sometimes, inevitably, if you have an injury or condition, a doctor may prescribe medication for you. It should be made clear to the students that they need to be aware of the danger signs from taking the medication and also the ability to deny the medication if feasible.
- The facilitator will distribute the Decisions and Consequences Flow Chart. Briefly discuss that many people feel that prescription drugs are safe to take, but that is a misconception. If people begin with prescription drug use there may be a high chance of addiction with a limited number of outcomes:
- Show the other segments of the program, Ryan’s Story and Avi & Julie’s Story.
- Have the students complete the rest of the Treatment, Jail, or Death Worksheet.
- Conclude the class with a discussion of their answers and any other concerns that they may have regarding prescription drugs.
Students should actively participate in all class discussions and turn in a completed Treatment, Jail, or Death Worksheet.
Have the students write a letter to a younger sibling or relative. They should describe the consequences of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Students should explain that there are decisions one can make and things one can do that will help them avoid inevitable consequences.
National Health Standards
- Standard 1 – Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
- Standard 2 – Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
- Standard 4 – Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
- Standard 5 - Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision making skills to enhance health.
- Standard 6 - Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal setting skills to enhance health.
- Standard 7 - Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Signs and Symptoms
Treatment and Relapse
Avi and Julie's Story