High on Painkillers: Addiction and Overdose
Running Time: 21 Minutes
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The truth about the abuse of prescribed painkillers is startling. Abused painkillers such as Oxycodone, Vicodin and methadone are responsible for more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription painkillers have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Students learn the dynamics of painkiller addiction and abuse through the personal stories of teens who have been hooked on legal pain killers. These teens describe the downward spiral of addiction that can eventually lead to death by overdose. Former users, physicians and drug education experts communicate the hard facts to viewers including how difficult it is for users to cope with withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, shakiness and lack of energy.
Research-Based video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post test in digital format
Bronze Telly Award
A group of teens recovering from prescription drug addiction and a group of healthy teens share their experiences with and thoughts about the abuse of prescription drugs such as oxycodone, vicodin, and methadone. A drug counselor, a physician, a retired police detective, and a criminology instructor discuss the increase in the use of these opiate pain relievers and their affects on the brain. Students will learn that all narcotics come from the poppy flower and that these are being modified in a lab to become synthetic opioids such as oxycontin which block pain messages to the brain and quickly become addictive. The process of becoming addicted and the symptoms of withdrawal are described. Teens explain how their physical and emotional turmoil and addictive behaviors have hurt their families and others, and encourage prescription drug abusers to get help from someone they trust. The teacher's guide includes a program summary, learning objectives, pre- and post-tests, and performance indicators of the National Health Standards for grades 6–8 and 9–12 that are met via this program. This impressive film presents an important message for teens.
—Sheila Acosta, San Antonio Pubic Library, TX
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