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Drug Abuse and Criminal Justice (fall 2021) Internet Research Assignment #1 (48
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
http://www.samhsa.gov/ National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.nida.nih.gov
The student must explore the web site(s). The instructor will request information from the
site(s). These requests may be in the form of questions. The student must respond to
each request. The instructor may include some web addresses/links that may help the
student find some of the requested information. Even if the web addresses/links do not
help, the student is still responsible to respond correctly to the requests. Summarize
and/or properly reword the information when it is possible. The instructor will determine
if the information should have been summarized or not. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE and
DO NOT ATTACH OTHER PAGES FROM THE SITE(S) This completed internet research
assignment should be two or more pages, double-spaced, typed in 12-point font with a
one-inch margin surrounding the text. The student must attach only a copy of the first
page of the site’s home-pages. Each student must complete this assignment
individually. This is not a group assignment. Students must not work together. Your
reactions are the feelings you experienced after reading. The student must respond to all
requests. A minimum of 4.0 point will be deducted for each request the student skips.
NIDA http://www.nida.nih.gov . etc.
1.) Locate emerging trends and alerts (https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-
abuse/emerging-trends). Name and describe three emerging trends and/or alerts in 15
words or more for each emerging trend and/or alert you selected.
2.) Discuss/describe the opium poppy plant (papaver somniferum) in 100 or more of your
own words. Include in your discussion the names and descriptions of three drugs that are
derived from the opium poppy plant, and include in your discussion the name and
description of three synthetic opiates. You may use any credible source(s). Identify the
source(s) you used.
3.) In 25 words or more, describe the “Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD)
4.) Describe/discuss each in 50 words or more: cannabidiol (CBD), fentanyl, methadone
and kratom. Include the proper use for each drug in the descriptions.
5.) In 100 words or more describe and discuss the drug Captagon. (Write your sources of
6.) What was the number of overdose deaths involving all drugs in 2017?
7.) What do the letters NIDA stand for in the context of this assignment? What is the
mission of NIDA? (http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida)
8.) Describe/discuss palcohol in 75 words or more. Include the legal status of palachol in
the United States, and discuss some of the fears associated with its use (use any credible
source and identify your source).
9.) In 75-100 of your own words define and summarize information about synthetic
cannabinoids. Do not exceed 100 words.
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10.) In 25 words or more, describe, “purple drank”. What are some other slang names for
“purple drank”? What are the health effects of “purple drank”? (Use any credible source
and identify your source)
11.) Who is the director of NIDA? How long has he/she been the director?
12.) What are dabs? What is “dabbing”? (use and cite a credible source)
13.) What are vaping devices (e-cigarettes)? In 50 -100 words, summarize information
about vaping. (http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e-
14.) Describe Narcan (naloxone) in 15 words or more. Explain how Narcan is used. (Use
and cite any credible source for this information)
15.) In 150 words or more, define dopamine and describe how it relates to addiction (use
any credible source and identify your source).
16.) SAMHSA is an operating division within which department of the United States
17.) What do the letters SAMHSA stand for in the context of this assignment?
18.) “Approximately 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted. When they
start before age 18, the rate of addiction rises to 1 in 6.” Locate “Know the Risks of
Marijuana,” etc. (https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana). Summarize the information about
marijuana from this part of the site (i.e., https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana) in 100-150
words, do not exceed 150 words.
19.) In 25 words or more describe the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment
Services (N-SSATS): 2018, Data on Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities.
20.) Who is SAMHSA’s administrator for Region 4? Name three states that are a part of
21.) Write the funding opportunities awards (FOA) number, title and money amount for
two of the awards for 2018. (https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements-2018)
22.) Locate and describe, in 25 words or more, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders (DSM), 5th Edition. Search the DSM-5, and in 50 words or more,
summarize its criteria for Cannabis Use Disorder.
23.) Define clandestine. Describe/discuss clandestine labs in 50 or more words.
24.) Write your reaction to these sites in 75 words or more. Mention specific information
from the sites in your reaction.