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Due Date
Saturday, April 23, 202211:59 PM
Points Possible
100
DUE SATURDAY, April 23rd AT 11:59PM

Research Paper: 25% of Final Grade Pick a topic of interest for you that intersect Drugs and Society: Here are some ideas but you are NOT limited to these, pick an area of interest to you, once you have selected your area of interest, select a topic within that area so you narrow the focus of your paper.

Drug Policy through the lens of race and class and power
Impact of mandatory minimum sentencing on prison population
Treatment of drug abuse and addiction in the penal system
Harm reduction ? system of care ? alternative programs ? i.e. methadone, needle exchange
History of drugs and drug laws overtime identifying parallel economic, political, and institutional development
Impact of Mandatory Minimum sentencing on different ethnic groups and socioeconomic groups
Treatment of drug abuse and addiction in communities
Role of media in context of drugs in societY
Abuse ? Addiction
Legislation of illicit drugs and/or decriminalization
Illicit drugs/drug culture/ addiction or recreation
Shamanism and drug use
Unintended or Unstated Consequences of current illicit drug policy in the United States
Benefits of drugs in society
FDA approval process
Global perspective of drugs and society from a conflict theory perspective
Ritual use of drugs in spirituality
The Role of the government in Drug Trafficking into the United States using a critical race perspective.
Topic of your choice
STRUCTURE OF PAPER

Prepare a literature review of your chosen topic. The literature should come from a minimum of five professional peer reviewed journals plus other sources such as books, government documents etc. The literature review will build the base of your research project. You will be required to write a narrative discussing your literature findings integrating the material with a critical analysis. [1120 words]
Select a theory or theories of your choice and apply it to your topic [370 words]
Next research what is currently in the mass media pertaining to your topic. This includes television shows, movies, news media-print and television, the slicks i.e. Time Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, teen magazine?. etc. Discuss how your topic is presented in the mass media and how does that depiction align with the academic and peer reviewed material you have gathered. [370 words]
What current local programs, agencies, legislation, and/or policy pertaining to your topic exist? [740 words] Discuss how locally your issue is being addressed currently.
What national and/or global programs, agencies, legislation, and /or policy pertaining to your topic exist? [740 words] Discuss how your topic is being addressed in areas outside of your local area, what is going on in other states or countries to address the topic you are researching.
What do you recommend for further action in regards to your topic? Use the theory you chose in section #2 as the support for your recommendation. This section of the paper needs to be well developed and in-depth. [740]