My Generation Rx: Plot Twists

How can prescription drugs be dangerous if they were prescribed by a doctor? Is it okay to share your prescription drugs with friends if they really need them? Clear up any common misconceptions about prescription drugs with a set of skits. Learners act out different scenarios of teenagers who find themselves facing a difficult situation regarding drugs offered by friends.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a health class during a unit on substance abuse, or when discussing drug use in a teen issues course
  • Have class members write endings for their scenes, including the social, physical, and/or legal consequences for their main character's decision
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a unit on teenage prescription drug abuse
  • Be sure that class members are capable of having a serious conversation about a sensitive topic
  • Student handouts are in color, including character names in the skits; if printing in black and white, allow pupils to highlight their lines to differentiate them from others
Pros

  • Includes all necessary materials for the lesson, which are both attached and available in a zip file (in both English and Spanish)
  • Prompts teenagers to think critically about prescription drugs in the context of social identity and peer pressure
Cons

  • None