Prescription Pain Medications

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):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

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

Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article