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Marketing OxyContin: Profits, Lives and Disinformation



Media documents are excerpts from a company memo from Purdue Pharma, an investigative reporting video, an online article and two government reports related to the marketing of OxyContin. Students analyze messages about the role of industry in fueling the opioid epidemic and the credibility of the media documents.

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Relevant Subject Area(s)

Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology

Grade Level(s)

High School, College

Media Type(s)

Informational Text, News - Print, News - Video, Web Video

Author(s)

Sox Sperry

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Resource Standard Common Core ELA Strand
Reading For Science and Technical Subjects (RST), Speaking and Listening (SL)