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Prescription for Trouble

Discussion Questions

Opening

  • 1.

    Are you aware of advertisements for prescription medications (RX meds)? Which ones? What are they for? When you see these ads, do you consider using them? Why or why not?

  • 2.

    Do you think television advertisements for prescription medicines have contributed to drug abuse in the USA? Explain your answer.

  • 3.

    Do you consider Red Bull and other highly caffeinated drinks a drug? Why or why not?

  • 4.

    Describe what the documentary means by “The age of medication.”

  • 5.

    Why are RX meds the fastest growing area of drug abuse?

Part I

  • 1.

    How would you warn others about the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs so that it matches the perceived dangers of the likes of heroin, cocaine, meth, and other illegal drugs?

  • 2.

    Why do people consider prescription drugs safe? When ARE they safe? When are they unsafe?

  • 3.

    Describe a “pharm party.” What is their allure?

  • 4.

    Laura says, “A lot of kids think that you just get high. And the high is the only part of it. But they don’t see that you have to come down…and in comes the depressions, worthlessness. And then you know it starts a vicious cycle because you want to get high again so you won’t come down.” Describe the vicious cycle of addiction. Do you think knowing about the “down” side of getting high would dissuade kids from trying drugs? Why or why not?

Part II

  • 1.

    Describe Andrew Theriot’s decline into addiction. Did he ever foresee what would happen to him?

  • 2.

    What were Andrew’s images of a drug addict before he became one? How did he fall into his own stereotype?

  • 3.

    What is Russian roulette? How is experimenting with drugs like playing Russian roulette?

  • 4.

    Andrew says, “Addiction becomes who you are.” How is this statement true for Andrew? How is it true for the others in this program?

  • 5.

    How could you warn someone about the dangers of addiction so that they would listen? Can you? Should you try? Why?

  • 6.

    Describe Andrew’s withdrawal symptoms. Could anyone go through these alone? How?

© 2007 CWK Network, Inc.

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