We have developed an activity that involves role-play to understand the social norms and conflicts surrounding the opioid crisis. Recently declared a “nationwide public health emergency,” the opioid crisis is a topic that students would likely be interested in understanding the different issues and “key players” wrapped up in this national crisis.
- Students are assigned different roles.
For different roles: 1) law enforcement who wishes to make the drug illegal, 2) drug czars who are the people working to create a federal policy of “just say no”, 3) family members of survivors, 4) drug users, 5) medical professionals, 6) community organizers who work for advocacy groups and agencies, 7) counseling professionals.
2. Students complete background readings.
Some background readings:
3. Students come to class prepared with their dialogue planned and a short monologue ready to present at the beginning of the debate.