# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Mental Health Assisting Careers Task 126972387

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Describe the history and current state of the opioid crisis in Virginia.


Description should include
  • the relationship between opioid prescribing and illicit opioid use to overall opioid overdose deaths
  • the prevalence of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • the shift in attitudes in the 1990s toward pain management and use of opioids, including the role of pharmaceutical marketing
  • the stigma associated with addiction and the changing view of addiction from a moral failing to a chronic, relapsing disease
  • statistics, trends, and demographics surrounding the crisis
  • population health and other public health aspects of the crisis, including its effects on family and neonates, as well as overall health costs
  • the Virginia Department of Health’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency on November 21, 2016
  • proposed legislation to address the crisis in Virginia (i.e., House Bill 2161 and Senate Bill 1179, which require the secretary of health and human resources to convene a workgroup to establish educational guidelines for training healthcare providers in the safe prescribing and appropriate use of opioids)
  • the development of curricula and educational standards regarding opioid addiction.
Resource: The Opioid Crisis Among Virginia Medicaid Beneficiaries

Process/Skill Questions

  • What agencies participated in the governor’s task meeting on the opioid crisis?
  • What educational organizations will be tasked with providing opioid training to their students?
  • What is the benefit of educating future medical professionals about opioid addiction?
  • What is the current attitude in society about opioid use and addiction?
  • How is the local community affected by the opioid epidemic?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
  2. Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
  3. Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
  4. Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
  5. Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.


The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of credible resources to produce a research product.
  1. Frame, analyze, and synthesize information to solve problems, answer questions, and generate new knowledge.
  2. Analyze information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view, or bias.
  3. Critically evaluate the accuracy, quality, and validity of the information.
  4. Cite sources for both quoted and paraphrased ideas using a standard method of documentation, such as that of the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).
  5. Define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.
  6. Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.

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Medical Terminology


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