Drug Research Paper Assignment

Drug Research Paper Assignment

Drug Research Paper Assignment

Research Paper

Drug Research Paper

Students are to choose any controversial topic related to substance abuse and exhibit this knowledge in a carefully crafted research paper. Feel free to use our e-text to help narrow down an area of interest. You are strongly encouraged to contact me with your topic idea for your paper prior to beginning your research. Examples include: Risks associated with Drug Abuse, Drug Treatment, Understanding Addiction, Drug Prevention & Education, Adolescent Brain & Drug Use, Drug Testing, Punishment vs Treatment, Sober Homes, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Disorders, Medical Marijuana Debate, Rise in Vaping, Drug Abuse & Crime Rates, Drunk Driving & Drunk Violence, Opioid Epidemic, LGBTQ & Drug Abuse, Legal Drinking Age in Different Countries, Drugs & Consent, etc.

Your paper needs to meet all of the following requirements – please be sure to view the Research Paper Rubric below for additional components.

• Uses at least 10 peer-reviewed journal articles

• Properly uses APA 6th edition

• Bibliography uses APA style

• 8-10 pages in length (excluding cover page and bibliography)

• Double-spaced

• New Times Roman or Arial font, 12 point

• 1” margins

• No big gaps between paragraphs

• Attention has been paid to grammar and spelling

• Paper presents as a professional, high quality piece of work

• Must be submitted on Blackboard, on time (emailed papers will not be read). Late submission will not be accepted and will result in a “0”, no exceptions

• Identify the health issue and explain why you have a personal interest in this specific topic

• As a future health professional, why is it important to be educated about this problem?

• Known causes of this health issue, in addition to your own opinion

• How does our current society view this problem? What beliefs exist about this issue? Include your opinion

• Compare your chosen controversial topic to another country

• Identify an organization in the US that deals with this specific health issue. Identify an organization in one other country that also deals with this problem. What is the mission of each organization? What services do they offer? Compare and contrast, be sure to include your opinion

• What is a recommended website, movie/documentary and book about your chosen topic? Write a brief blurb about each one. What would someone find interesting about each in relation to the health issue?

• Create a summary of the main ways this problem is being addressed in the US and in the other country you have selected

• Identify one method/approach for addressing this problem that you believe is good or has potential to be effective. Explain why you prefer this approach over others.

• As a future health educator/professional, what contribution can you make in addressing this issue on the local, national and international level.

Criteria (16)

1. Identify the problem/issue and explain why it interests you personally.

2. As a health professional (or whatever your future career is), why is it important for you to know about this problem/issue

3. What are the causes of this problem/issue (include your own personal opinion as well).

4. Describe mainstream attitudes in society about this issue/problem and state whether you think they are justified.

5. Compare this problem/issue to another country.

6. Locate one organization in the US and one in this

other country that deals with this specific issue/problem. Describe the goals of each organization, types of services, problems and any other information you may think relevant. Give your opinion about how the two organizations compare against each other.

7. If someone asked if you could recommend a website, movie/documentary, and a book about this issue/problem, what would you tell them. Write a brief blurb about each one, identifying the name, author/source, what it deals with specifically and what things this person would find interesting about each. You must write about all three (website, movie/documentary and book)

8. Summarize the main ways this issue/problem is being addressed in the US and in the other country you have selected. Devote equal attention to both countries.

9. Identify one method/approach for addressing this issue/problem that you believe is good or has potential to be effective and explain why you prefer this method/approach over others.

10. As a future health educator/professional, state what contribution you can make in addressing this issue/problem on the local, national and international level. Be as specific as possible.

11. Used at least 10 peer-review journal articles. Paper provides compelling evidence that the author has an impressive grasp of the professional literature on this subject.

12. All evidence is properly cited throughout paper using APA style. Bibliography adheres to the APA style.

13. Paper is 8-10 pages long (excluding cover page and bibliography). Paper is double-spaced, with Times New Roman, 12 pt font. Used 1″ margins. No big gaps between paragraphs.

14. Paper has a clear organizational pattern. Formatting, font, margins, headings etc. are all correct. Paper looks polished and professional.

15. All sentences are grammatically correct and clearly written. No words are misused or unnecessarily fancy. All information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has been spell-checked and proofread and contains no errors.



You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.