Content Warning: This curriculum may include potentially sensitive information and materials; as a result, students may be impacted in diverse ways. Some may have a history of personal and traumatic experiences with chronic pain and or/substances, whereas others might feel more removed from these issues. Substance misuse is a part of almost all conventional health curricula, but it is important to prepare yourself to support the emotional needs of students. This document offers guidance on how to include support services, create a safe classroom atmosphere, and interact with students in an appropriate manner.

For Teachers

There are numerous resources available to support educators as they work through the modules alongside their students. Teachers can learn about services available in their community.

For Parents

Resources are available for parents to help support their students while they learn about the opioid-related concepts in this curriculum. Information can be utilized to educate themselves about services available and appropriate behaviors when interacting with opioids.

For Students

While working through the modules, students may have questions and may seek more information beyond what is offered in this curriculum. Age-appropriate resources are available to provide additional material, and help students learn about services in their own community.


Students will encounter many new terms as they work through each of the modules. A glossary is included to help educators, parents, and students easily find definitions for the terms used in the curriculum.


Animations can be more than fun; they can be educational too! The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program, in partnership with Kohl’s Cares, has put together a series of videos on medication safety, pain and alternatives to treating pain. Each video is designed to target a different developmental stage for children and caregivers.