Opioids and the Overdose Epidemic

Learn about the opioid and overdose epidemic in America with an article that explains what opioids are, how they are used, and how they are abused. Learners discover the death rates associated with opioid overdoses and other factors that contribute to the epidemic.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners look up the overdose deaths after 2015 to the present day
Classroom Considerations

  • Only shows data to 2015
  • Article is in color, but printing in black and white does not affect quality
  • Assumes readers can interpret and analyze data from graphs

  • Includes a full student article, a teacher guide, vocabulary list, graphs, and worksheet
  • Offers safety tips for using and avoiding opioids
  • Comes with interactive versions of the student worksheet

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