This is a really fun and useful activity to implement during a prescription drug unit in middle or high school. During the activity, students have a chance to see how their choices in regards to prescription drug use/abuse can lead to addiction. I recommend using this activity after you've taught students proper prescription drug use and the difference between prescription drug use, misuse, and abuse. This could be a really good lead up lesson to talking about the connection between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.
First, go through the first 9 slides of statistics as a hook activity. Have students guess the answer to the blank statistic provided, then reveal the answer. Next, divide students up into groups of 3-4 depending on the size of your class. Give each group a set of "Gambling with prescription drugs" cards (I suggest you laminate these cards after you print them out so that they last you for a few years) and a dice. One student should read the scenario on the top of the card and then each student rolls the dice once. The number they roll corresponds to a "decision" that they made and an "addiction value" related to that decision. Students should record their "addiction value" after each gambling card and then add up their "addiction values" at the end of the activity to see if they are addicted or not.
At the end of the activity, choose one gambling card to go over as a class. Ask the class the following discussion questions:
- Which was the best decision? Why?
- Which was the riskiest decision? Why?
- Why do you think doing _____ could lead to addiction?
- Which decision would you make if you were in that situation?
- Gambling with prescription drugs PowerPoint (included)
- Gambling with prescription drugs cards (included)
- Dice (1 per group)