LINK OF COURSE BOOK
Drug for this project should be selected from book above.
Course Project Part I – Background (35 points)
For Part I, you will submit a document in essay format (bulleted and Q&A layouts will not be accepted) :
Identifying the drug or drug category you chose. This is where reading ahead to the requirements of the next two parts of the project will be helpful, because you will know how broad or narrow to make your topic. For example, "OTC drugs" would be too broad, and "acne medication" is unlikely to fulfill the requirements of the whole project.
Explaining why you chose this substance/category for your project. Why do you want to know more about the drug? Why is it worth investigating?
Providing background information on your drug/category, which should include all of the following:
- A description of the drug, including discussion of the forms it takes; how and why it is ingested; the detailed effects it has on the brains, bodies, and behavior of users; and other useful points revealed by your research;
- The classification to which your drug belongs under the Controlled Substances Act, as well as an explanation of the Schedule of Controlled Substances and the meaning of your drug's specific place on the Schedule. Note: DEA stands for the Drug Enforcement Administration, not Agency.
- The scope of its use in the U.S., including current trends among different populations;
- The current legal status of your specific drug or category; and
- Current events regarding your drug - check news sources!
You must use at least two sources other than your textbook, and you will need to provide a citation for your sources following APA guidelines. If you are unfamiliar with APA citations please refer to the following website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/08/
Wikipedia and similar encyclopedia sites are not acceptable as sources for this research project.
Course Project Part II (30 points)
The second part of the Course Project asks you to examine your drug/drug category from an educational perspective.
For Part II, please discuss in essay format all of the following issues (bulleted and Q&A layouts will not be accepted):
1) What information did you have about this drug prior to this class? Make sure to include both formal education (such as lessons, classes, workshops, speakers, community events, etc.) and informal education (for example, exposure to news, entertainment, and social media; parents; and friends). What, specifically, could have been more useful to you in your education about this drug? What would you recommend as an effective educational program or format for others about this drug?
2) What was the most surprising thing you learned about the drug/drug category from your textbook? From your research for this project? Discuss. Do you think this information should be explained to students, and if so at what age and for what purpose? Explain your answers as part of your discussion.
3) Go to the website: Commonly Used Drugs Charts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Is there information listed for your drug/drug category?
If yes, look at the resources and share your thoughts and impressions on them.
If no, why do you think that is? Please explain your thinking.
You will need to provide a citation for your sources using APA guidelines. If you are unfamiliar with APA citations please refer to the following website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/08/
Course Project Part 3 (35 points)
The third part of the project involves locating three health-related websites that are sources of information on your drug/drug category. Think about these as sites you would or would not recommend to someone who is looking for information about your drug. One site should be a good source, one should be average, and one should be bad. Please be sure to clearly and specifically define these terms yourself based on your assessment of each site. Please make sure you are using websites and not single articles/items (such as PDFs, dictionary definitions, or blogs). Credit will only be given for sources that are websites. Please do not use Commonly Used Drugs Charts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as one of your sites, since we already explored that one in Part II. Wikipedia and similar encyclopedia sites are not acceptable as sources for this research project.
Part III should address the questions and information below, as a discussion, using paragraph format. The submission of bulleted lists or an outline will result in a significant loss of credit.
How difficult was it to find the three websites addressing your drug/category?
For each website, provide the following information in paragraph/discussion format:
Date the site was last updated
Type of site (i.e. educational, government, commercial, nonprofit)
Audience for whom the site is intended - and why you think so
Quality of site (good, average, bad) - with your definition of each rating
Explanation of why you chose this as either your good, average or bad site