Epidemic! Prescription Drug Deaths

Kate Snow did a report about the Opioid Addiction (painkiller) epidemic in the United States on the Today Show, April 25, 2016. The content of her story was sad but compelling. Over 50 people die every day in the U.S. as a result of prescription drugs.

I decided to create a math activity about the content of her report – hoping that education is the best medicine – to combat this epidemic. This activity can be used in middle grades through high school. The mathematics is mostly percent increase. The purpose of the activity is to do some mathematics with real world data and at the same time become aware of this major problem and what the solutions can be. The last part of the activity is optional – dealing with regression equations in piece wise functions.

Here is the link to the TI-83/84 files and the TI-Npsire files for this activity, along with pdf’s of the student version and the teacher notes and solutions: http://bit.ly/epidemic2016

Link to teachertube video that is an overview of the activity: teacher_tube_epidemic!

The student activity is shown below, followed by the teacher notes and solutions.

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TEACHER NOTES AND SOLUTIONS

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