Discussion Post

Answer 1 or more of the discussion questions as time permits. Remember to do your two response posts.

  1. A major problem in the US today is the “Opioid Epidemic”.  Explain this epidemic and how communities use the “Elements of Prevention” in order to prevent and control drug abuse. See: CDC. (2018). Understanding the Epidemic. Three Waves of Opioid Overdose Deaths. March 19, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html 
  2. Discuss why mental health and drug addiction need to be addressed together and what the mission is of SAMHSA https://www.samhsa.gov/
  3. Compare and contrast appropriate drug and substance use, versus misuse, and abuse.   List 1 type of an opioid drug or synthetic opioid substances and the resulting signs and symptoms that may be observed when abused or misused occurs. Enforcement Administration. (DEA). (2017). Drugs of Abuse. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/drug_of_abuse.pdf
  4. How can you tell if you or a loved one is struggling with opioid abuse?  See:  Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2019). Signs of Opioid Abuse  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/opioids/signs-of-opioid-abuse.html and U.S. Department of Justice. Drug

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