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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic


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Type: Audio/Video


This is a free video resource from PBS LearningMedia about opioid addiction. In this video segment from Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, students will watch the story of Michael Israel and learn how he became addicted to prescription painkillers. In this video, to be used with the program Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, students will explore the misconception of safety associated with prescription opioid painkillers. They will understand the differences between prescription drug use, misuse, and abuse.

This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 9-12
Health Education
HE.5.2) Develop a thoughtful decision-making process in health-related situations.

a. Predict the potential short-term and long-term impact of various alternatives on self and others.

b. Identify warning signs of suicide in self and others and discuss effective coping skills.

c. Demonstrate refusal skills and explain when to use them in high risk situations.

Examples: Saying no to sex, alcohol, and other drugs

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 10-12
Leaders in Health Advocacy
HA.2.1) Analyze how health risk behaviors in the local school and community are influenced by family, peers and other factors.

Examples: availability of alcohol and drugs; trends in adolescent sexual behavior; availability of fast food; access to fitness and recreational facilities.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 10-12
Leaders in Health Advocacy
HA.5.1) Identify decision-making skills used in situations that put adolescents and teens at risk.

Examples: recording a fight and posting it on a social media; seeing a friend smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol; hearing a friend talk about shoplifting; hearing plans about a weekend party that will include drugs and/or alcohol; pressure to have sexual relations

a. Identify consequences of making poor decisions to join in or ignore risky situations.

b. Recognize the differences between situations in which one has control vs. a lack of control.

c. Review the importance of successfully managing decision-making skills when confronted with uncomfortable, risky, or dangerous situations.

Tags: addiction, Drugs, Health, Opiates, Opioids, prescription
License Type: Custom Permission Type
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Partnered Event: Health/PE COS Summit

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Author: Kristen Barnett
The event this resource created for:Health/PE COS Summit