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This describes a math activity based upon a report on the Today Show by Kate Snow about how over 50 people per day in the U.S. are dying as a result of abuse of painkillers. The activity is for middle grades through high school. The pdf's of the student and teacher pages are available via this link: http://bit.ly/epidemic2016
I show how this can be used with a TI-83/84 or TI-Nspire. Or it can be used with any graphing utility or program. Good mathematics with an important real world problem.