Rx For Understanding
Stats on prescription drug misuse and abuse:
- According to Monitoring the Future, 7.4% of teens have reported the non-medical use of a prescription drug.
- Every day for the first time, an average of 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs without a doctor’s guidance.
- 1 in 4 teenagers report that they have taken a prescription drug not prescribed to them by a doctor at least once in their lives.
- 20 percent of high school students have reported that they have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.
Rx for Understanding. is a set of standards-based teaching materials (lesson plans and accompanying resources) for use with students in grades 5-8 that are aligned to the National Health Education Standards and the Common Core Standards.
This guide contains five sequenced lessons geared for grades 5 – 6 and five sequenced lessons geared for grades 7– 8.
Each set of sequenced lessons acts as a mini-unit. Each grade level based mini-unit focuses on the same five lesson themes:
- Relating the issue of prescription drug safety to overall health
- Understanding proper use
- Understanding misuse
- Understanding abuse
- Conducting an application-based culminating project
The lessons in this guide represent a cross-curricular approach to teaching with a concentrated emphasis on national education standards, including the National Health Education Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.
How to Use This Resource Guide
- Explore the Issue
- Know the Resource Guide
- Prepare the Lessons
- Take Action and Spread the Word
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