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Rx for Understanding: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse (Grades 9-12)

Easy to use, standards-based, cross-curricular lesson plans for grades 9-12

Prescription drug abuse is “the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem,” according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. This problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse is particularly alarming among young people.

One of the most significant (and preventable) causes of prescription drug misuse and abuse among youths is a lack of knowledge and understanding about the importance of proper use. Teenagers believe that since doctors give prescription drugs, they must be safe. This resource aims to help you change the way teens view prescription drugs, ensuring that they know the value of proper use and the dangers of misuse and abuse.

Rx for Understanding: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse is a standards-based, cross-curricular teaching resource geared for students in grades 9-12. It contains 10 lessons that lead students through an inquiry-based, technology inspired project enabling an opportunity apply the key concepts learned about the misuse, abuse, and proper use of prescription drugs.

Included are: background information, lesson plans, a reproducible student journal, teaching resources, parent information, and national academic standards alignment charts (including National Health Education Standards and Common Core State Standards).

  • http://neahealthyfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/rx-for-understanding-grades-9-to-12.pdf

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