Changes for Life

Abuse of prescription pain medicines does more than physical damage. In the third segment, Antonio Neves reports on the isolation users experience.


  1. Analyze the case studies of the teens in this video who have had serious drug-related problems and identify and describe cause and effect relationships.
  2. Discuss what these teens have in common with students in your school. How are they different?
  3. What do you know (or think you know) about the reasons teens abuse prescription drugs and the ways in which this abuse affects their lives?


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In segment five, a parent guide, Antonio Neves talks with teens, parents, and medical experts on parents' role in stopping abuse of prescription pain medicines.


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In the fourth segment, Antonio Neves talks with media literacy experts on how to analyze mixed messages from the media about drugs in popular culture.


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In the spring of 2008, the.Medic produced a five part series on prescription drug abuse. These reports look at different aspects of this issue and included a summary for parents. They are produced in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses and funded by PriCara®, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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