Challenge
Keep children from getting to the "just one more" question when taking opioids.
Keep parents engaged in a child's opioid-taking process.

Solution
A deck of cards that educates the child and guardian about the realities of opioids.
Create a space and method for personal discussion and establishing rules.

Length of project
4 months
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THe process
Below this quick summary, you can find a designed document which describes the process at length.
The United States is experiencing a national opioid epidemic. 
For this project, we focused on the general topic of opioids. After a 4 month human centered design process of research, synthesis, ideation, and solution creation, I was able to narrow my focus to the experience of a high school teenager who is prescribed opioids for an acute pain, such as wisdom teeth or a torn ACL, with little guidance. What interested me specifically was that child's interaction with their parent, and how that could affect the way that they use opioids responsibly or otherwise.
My research ranged from reading articles, compiling data, and interviewing my target personas through which I found that teenagers have very unique factors that may lead them to misuse (drug use that is used more than prescribed, but for the intended purpose) or abuse (drug use that is harmful and for recreation): 

1. Self-medication
2. Peer pressure
3. Desensitization to anti-drug messaging.​​​​​​
Research Poster  ↓
Through synthesis I tried to make sense of that information and opportunities for intervention by creating use personas and filling out a number of journey maps and research models. From those, I was able to pinpoint my two main questions:
1. How can we keep children from getting to the "just one more" question when taking opioids?
2. How can we keep parents engaged in a child's opioid-taking process?
Ideation pushed me to consider at what point in the user's process I wanted to intervene, and how. I considered, sketched, and prototyped a number of potential solutions from a doctor's office pamphlet, to a lockable pill box, to an in-home digital or physical pill monitoring system.​​​​​​​
The solution I decided on was a deck of cards, given from the doctor to the guardian and child at the time of prescription. These cards consist of 4 main sections: 
1. Basics, for general information about opioids and addiction
2. Numbers, for statistics about the dangers of opioid use
3. Guidelines, for the parent and child to create a framework for the pill-taking process
4. Discuss, points for discussion about past experiences with addiction and pain medication

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