Assignment #2 – Social Issue: Opioid – (Possible 100 points)
Opioid use has become a major public health and growing concern in the United States. It has become a taxing social concern impacting social systems and societal members.Barkan writes, “A social problem is any condition or behavior that has negative consequences for large numbers of people and that generally is recognized as a condition or behavior that needs to be addressed.”
Askyourself the following question regarding the Opioid crisis. Is the issue/problem an individual problem (micro-level), or is it a macro-levelconcern that is impacting people on a larger (societal level) scale? What makes it so? That is, who is it impacting? What arethe root/causal factors of this issue? Finally, what can be done to help resolve? These are the type questions to address when there is a social issue/social concern.
In this last writing assignment, you will culminate the approach to exploring a social issue. As you will recall, one of the steps to identifying the characteristics of a social problem is to define the social issue/problem.
You will need to conduct limited research on the Opioid Crisis, incorporating information from the NIH article (link provided below). Review the NIH article, “Opioid Overdose Crisis, February 2020. The link is provided below.
Address the theme of this paper in a 3-paragraph theme paper.
Some of your information will come from the article provided, other information from limited research on this subject. (Note: all sources used need to be cited, including your text if used.)
Note:Paper needs to be submitted in a readable format, 1 ½ – 2 pages, double spaced, 1inch margins with a Works Cited page. Citations need to be APA or MLA format.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opioid Overdose Crisis. February 2020