Why are so many Americans dying from opiate overdoses? Students use exponential decay functions to understand how the effectiveness of a single dose of a prescription drug deteriorates over time. Then they'll construct a rational function to explain how the dosage a patient would need to achieve their original pain relief changes, given this diminished effectiveness.
Students will discuss how these forces explain the rise in heroin and fentanyl overdoses that plagues America today. Finally, they'll debate the responsibility that different parties should take in solving this epidemic.