Miami Dade College Social Beh

Drugs in the News: Distinguishing Fact from Opinion

Introduction

This assignment is designed to develop your critical thinking skills, particularly in distinguishing facts from opinions. The statement “Over one billion dollars was used to prohibit drug use and drug trafficking last year” is a fact that can be verified by checking the relevant research on the subject. The statement “The federal government has not spent enough money to stop drug abuse and drug trafficking” is an expressed opinion. Not all statements of fact are true, unfortunately, because some are based on false or inaccurate information. For this assignment, however, you should be concerned primarily with understanding the difference between those statements that appear to be factual and those statements that appear to be based upon opinion.

Learning Exercises

Select a brief report from the media, excluding the Internet (print form is best, but you can work from radio or television reports, if you have recorded them) regarding drugs, drug use, or drug use problems in a medical context. Advertisements cannot to be used for this assignment. An online article from a non-Internet-based organization, which produces news for outlets other than the Internet, will be accepted. For example, an article from USA Today online or CNN online is okay. An article from Yahoo or Huffington Post will not be accepted. I hope that this information is helpful.

oIdentify those statements that appear to be based upon facts and those that appear to be based upon opinion.

oReview the whole report, summarize its major statements, and comment on its overall value in covering the issue.

oWrite a paper (no more than two (2) pages in length using 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing), giving an account of the above researched information.

oUpload the actual article or report (as a PDF document).

Grading

This assignment will be graded on neatness, relevance, meeting the objectives, and promptness.

Your score will be determined by the following formula:

70% content

20% grammar, syntax, readability, and flow

10% originality

This learning exercise represents a large component of your grade; a corresponding effort is expected and necessary in order to earn a satisfactory grade.

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Miami Dade College Social Beh

Introduction

The nature and meaning of specific drug-taking experiences have a profound effect on drug users. It is the primary reason that people initiate and continue their drug taking. You are asked to identify and to analyze a particular drug-taking experience from your life, and to prepare a short paper discussing it.

Learning Activities

Select an interesting drug-taking experience from your own life; it can be medical or non-medical in nature (e.g., your first experience with a new medication; or experiences with nonprescription drugs or herbal remedies or your first experience with alcohol, tobacco, or other social-recreational drug; an unusual experience with a drug that produced effects, positive or negative, that you were not expecting, etc).

Describe in as much detail as possible the physical and mental effects that occurred during your experience, placing each effect in the time-order in which they occurred, your response to those effects, and the social or behavioral circumstances under which the experience transpired. Also, include information about the ritual and setting of use, dose, route of administration, and other pharmaceutical factors.

Speculate and discuss the sociological as well as the pharmacological aspects of this experience and what specific social factors influenced the effects that did occur.

This assignment should not exceed four (4) pages. It should be written in 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing, and reasonable margins.

Grading

This assignment will be graded on your depth of reflection, relevance, readability, and promptness. I am looking for unique and interesting expression of drug experiences, especially those to which you had a strong response (found it very positive, did not expect it and were surprised, found it negative, etc.) and, as a result, you definitely would or would not use the drug again, and you would have strong opinions about the drug in making recommendations to patients or others.

This learning exercise represents a large component of your grade; a corresponding effort is expected and necessary in order to earn a satisfactory grade.

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