# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Mental Health Assisting Careers Task 126972400

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Explain the mechanism and physical effects of opioids on the human body.


Explanation should include the following:
  • Mechanism of action and metabolism of opioids
  • Development of tolerance, dependence, and addiction
  • Health consequences of drug misuse
    • HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular effects
    • Respiratory effects
    • Gastrointestinal effects
    • Musculoskeletal effects
    • Kidney damage
    • Liver damage
    • Neurological effects
    • Hormonal effects
    • Prenatal effects
    • Other health effects
    • Mental health effects
    • Death
  • Withdrawal
    • Causes
    • Timeframe (i.e., peaks of withdrawal symptoms)
    • Physical signs (e.g., nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes)

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the short- and long-term effects of withdrawal dependence symptoms?
  • How long can the human body function while exhibiting the symptoms of withdrawal?
  • What are other medical conditions that may arise because of the symptoms of physical dependence?

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.

Other Related Standards

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Medical Terminology


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