Drug Abuse and Addiction

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Discussion 1

No required length as long as questions are answered in detail.


Students must both address the Discussion Forum issue(s), as well as comment on the posts of a minimum two of their classmates to adequately complete the assignments.

Students striving for a superlative grade should go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment.


Before completing this week’s forum, watch the following videos:

Russell Brand: Addiction to Recovery (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Prescription Drug Abuse (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Explain your views on looking at drug abuse as a health issue versus a criminal justice issue. Additionally, explain your opinion on whether drug abusers are simply making a lifestyle choice, suffering from an illness, something in between or something else entirely.

From your life experiences, do you see prescription or illicit “street” drugs as a bigger problem in this country? Support your view.


POINTS 100 75 50 0
Quality of Post Appropriate comments: thoughtful, reflective and respectful Appropriate comments and responds respectfully to others Responds, but with minimum effort. (e.g. “I agree with Bill”) No Posting
Relevance of Post Post topics related to discussion topic, prompts further discussion of topic Posts topics that are related to discussion content Posts topics which do not relate to the discussion content; makes short or irrelevant remarks No Posting
Contribution to the Learning Community Aware of needs of community; attempts to motivate group discussion; presents creative approaches to topic Attempts to direct the
discussion and to present
relevant viewpoints
for consideration by group; interacts freely
Does not make effort to participate in learning community as it develops No feedback provided to other students


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