PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION

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PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION

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PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION

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ach year, incidents involving prescription drug abuse continue

to make headlines. In some areas of the U.S., deaths

from pharmaceutical drug overdoses exceed deaths from

car accidents – and legal drugs account for a large percentage of

deaths from overdose. The perils of prescription drug abuse are

explored in Intervention ® In-Depth: Prescription Addiction. This

one-hour special episode focuses on the ways prescription drug

abuse has skyrocketed in one port town on Florida’s west coast,

particularly among teenagers. Viewers will learn about the warning

signs and consequences of prescription drug abuse, and about some

of the ways experts and everyday citizens have intervened in this

disastrous pattern of addiction.

Curriculum links

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Intervention In-Depth: Prescription Addiction is appropriate for

high school or college students studying Health, Biology, Social

Studies or Current Events. It is also appropriate for after-school

events and activities. This program includes some graphic images,

and therefore teachers should view the documentary in its entirety

before showing it in the classroom.

Terms to Defi ne

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Ask students to defi ne the terms below before or after watching

this program. They can also write down a list of their own words to

defi ne while watching this documentary.

n Acute

n Alleviate

n Autoimmune

n Condone

n Felony

n Prevalent

n Probation

n Recreational

n Suppress

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Discussion Questions

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1. Why do you think Brian Nelson, a successful athlete, became

addicted to prescription drugs? What might have been another

alternative for him besides abusing prescription pain medications?

2. What are some of the medical consequences of abusing prescription

drugs?

3. Did most of the people in this documentary realize the consequences

of prescription drug abuse when they fi rst starting taking

them?

4. What are some specifi c examples from this program of the ways

prescription drug abuse affects family members of those who

become addicted?

5. How did the parents profi led in this program deal with the issue

when their children became addicted?

6. What are some of the ways prescription drug abuse affected the

broader community in Pinellas County? What are the social costs of

addiction?

7. What are some of the alternatives to prescription pain killers

introduced in this fi lm? What are some of the ways people with

chronic pain can avoid addiction?

8. What are some of the reasons young people might be more likely

to become addicted to prescription drugs than illegal drugs?

9. What are some of the warning signs of addiction? If you had a

friend who you thought might be abusing prescription drugs, what

could you do to help them?

10. What are some of the ways young people can learn about the

risks of prescription drug abuse before it is too late?

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Extended Activities

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1. Despite the growing abuse of prescription drugs, many teens remain

unaware of the dangers of abusing these medications until it is

too late. Break up into groups of four or fi ve. Working with your group,

create a public service campaign in your school to educate your fellow

students about the risks of drug addiction and abuse. These campaigns

can include posters with images, statistics and eye-catching

slogans to draw attention to this important issue. Each group might

also want to develop a short video or public service announcement

about this issue to share with the larger school or community.

2. Imagine you are a journalist for a prominent national newspaper.

Write an article on teen prescription drug abuse, highlighting

the personal stories of one or two of the teens documented in this

program. Be sure to research prescription drug abuse and include

relevant facts and statistics to provide background for your article.

3. Write a short 3-5 minute play related to teen prescription drug

abuse. Show how a teen might deal with a situation in which a peer

offers him or her prescription drugs – and demonstrate appropriate

responses on how to effectively say “no.” Perform this brief vignette

for your classmates. Be creative and use your imagination!

4. Ask students to fi ll out the viewing chart below during and after

watching this program. These viewing guides can be used as the basis

for a classroom discussion after students have fi nished watching.

What are some of the risk factors that can

lead to prescription drug abuse? How can

these factors be avoided?

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Additional Resources

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Websites

Partnership@DrugFree.org website:

www.drugfree.org

Offi ce of National Drug Control Policy website:

www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/prescr_drg_abuse.html

National Institute of Drug Abuse information on prescription drugs:

www.nida.nih.gov/DrugPages/prescription.html

U.S. Department of Justice Statistics on teen drug abuse:

ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dcf/du.htm

Books

What are some ways communities can help

teens avoid drug abuse?

Colvin, Rod. Prescription Drug Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic.

(Addicus Books, 2001).

Finnegan, Candy and Sean. When Enough Is Enough:

A Comprehensive Guide to Intervention. (Avery Press, 2008).

Lyon, Joshua. Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict.

(Hyperion, 2010).

Pinsky, Drew. When Painkillers Become Dangerous: What Everyone

Needs to Know About OxyContin and Other Prescription Drugs.

(Hazelden, 2004).

What are some key facts or statistics you

learned from watching this program?

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