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Lesson Plans

Prescription Pain Medications

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn how prescription opioid pain medications work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. A student article explains what opioid abuse is and why it is so dangerous. Students can answer critical thinking questions, do a worksheet, and complete essay or creative writing assignments.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Quiz and answer key
  • Discussion questions
  • Optional essay or creative writing assignments

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding what opioids are and how they work
  • Understanding why opioid abuse is dangerous
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards
  • McREL


  • English