Opiate Epidemic and Treatment Discussion

Opiate Epidemic and Treatment Discussion

Opiate Epidemic and Treatment Discussion


Assignment #1: Problem Analysis


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this assignment forms the basis or foundation for a program that will be designed to deal with the problem or condition you plan to address. It establishes the framework for all other components of the program planning process.

In this section you will be expected to:

1. Describe the problem

2. Estimate the numbers affected

3. Identify the factors that “cause” the problem

4. Provide a rationale that justifies action and the expenditures of resources

5. Provide a theoretical framework describing the proposed intervention

There are no hard and fast rules for the format you select for this section, but you may want to use the Proposal Template as a basis. There is a need to present your “argument” in a clear, logical and interesting way. Keep in mind as you write this section that it is the first piece that those who will make final decisions about whether or not to approve your proposal will read. This section should reflect your understanding of Chapters 2 through 6 as well as your research on the social problem you have chosen to address.

The following headings represent the types of content that needs to be covered in your problem analysis:

1. Introduction

This sub-section provides a summary statement of the problem. It should not be

more than two or three paragraphs. It usually is written after the rest of the

section is completed. It tells the reader what the problem is, who is affected by

the problem, the numbers affected, the geographic area you are targeting, and

why the action should be taken.

2. Nature of the Problem

In this sub-section, you will be expected to discuss what is already known about

the problem. Here, you will include clarifying statements (definitions),

national, state, and local statistics, incidence and prevalence figures, and trends if

they are available and appropriate to your description. You will also discuss in

some detail what you have learned about the problem from the research literature.


Adapted from: KettnerMoroney, & Martin – Designing and Managing Programs: An Effectiveness-Based Approach, 5e


After reviewing the research literature, you will focus on the researcher’s

underlying theoretical understandings of the problem in a way that help the reader

to understand etiology as well as the basis for the intervention.

3. The Target Population

In this sub-section, you will discuss the specific population (demographic

characteristics) and the geographic area on which you will focus. Data that you

will present will help to put your presentation of the problem (sub-section #2

above) into a local context. At the conclusion of this sub-section, you should

make a summary statement that allows the reader to know exactly who you are

going to recruit into the program, how many are affected, and where the program

will be targeted.

4. Rationale for Action

In this sub-section, you will make the case that it is worthwhile to expend

resources on the proposed program. You can do this in a number of ways

depending on the nature of the program. You might argue that the problem is

such that it needs to be dealt with within a framework of justice or fairness. You might choose to make the case that it will be more cost-effective to implement

this intervention by preventing a later, more costly intervention (e.g. outpatient counseling now vs. possible in-patient treatment or incarceration at a later time). Or you might argue the case in terms of an investment in human capital, enabling the recipients of your services to more fully participate as productive members of the community.

5. Framework for the Intervention: The Program Hypothesis

In this sub-section you will synthesize the research/theoretical material from sub- section #2 in the form of a detailed program hypothesis. The program hypothesis is introduced in Chapter 6: Selecting the Appropriate Intervention Strategy and

the discussion is continued in subsequent chapters.

6. Summary

This section serves as a bridge to the next section on Goals and Objectives. It is a variation of the first section, the Introduction. Remember that in the Introduction

your audience has no knowledge of the problem or population you intend to

address, and by the time you write the Summary, you have walked them through

the logic of your proposed intervention. These two sections should reflect these

different perspectives.


Adapted from: KettnerMoroney, & Martin – Designing and Managing Programs: An Effectiveness-Based Approach, 5e

Lopes Write Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to Lopes Write, 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.

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Opiate Epidemic and Treatment Discussion

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.

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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.

Important information for writing discussion questions and participation

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Hello class and welcome to the class and I will be your instructor for this course. This is a -week course and requires a lot of time commitment, organization, and a high level of dedication. Please use the class syllabus to guide you through all the assignments required for the course. I have also attached the classroom policies to this announcement to know your expectations for this course. Please review this document carefully and ask me any questions if you do. You could email me at any time or send me a message via the “message” icon in halo if you need to contact me. I check my email regularly, so you should get a response within 24 hours. If you have not heard from me within 24 hours and need to contact me urgently, please send a follow up text to

I strongly encourage that you do not wait until the very last minute to complete your assignments. Your assignments in weeks 4 and 5 require early planning as you would need to present a teaching plan and interview a community health provider. I advise you look at the requirements for these assignments at the beginning of the course and plan accordingly. I have posted the YouTube link that explains all the class assignments in detail. It is required that you watch this 32-minute video as the assignments from week 3 through 5 require that you follow the instructions to the letter to succeed. Failure to complete these assignments according to instructions might lead to a zero. After watching the video, please schedule a one-on-one with me to discuss your topic for your project by the second week of class. Use this link to schedule a 15-minute session. Please, call me at the time of your appointment on my number. Please note that I will NOT call you.

Please, be advised I do NOT accept any assignments by email. If you are having technical issues with uploading an assignment, contact the technical department and inform me of the issue. If you have any issues that would prevent you from getting your assignments to me by the deadline, please inform me to request a possible extension. Note that working fulltime or overtime is no excuse for late assignments. There is a 5%-point deduction for every day your assignment is late. This only applies to approved extensions. Late assignments will not be accepted.

If you think you would be needing accommodations due to any reasons, please contact the appropriate department to request accommodations.

Plagiarism is highly prohibited. Please ensure you are citing your sources correctly using APA 7th edition. All assignments including discussion posts should be formatted in APA with the appropriate spacing, font, margin, and indents. Any papers not well formatted would be returned back to you, hence, I advise you review APA formatting style. I have attached a sample paper in APA format and will also post sample discussion responses in subsequent announcements.

Your initial discussion post should be a minimum of 200 words and response posts should be a minimum of 150 words. Be advised that I grade based on quality and not necessarily the number of words you post. A minimum of TWO references should be used for your initial post. For your response post, you do not need references as personal experiences would count as response posts. If you however cite anything from the literature for your response post, it is required that you cite your reference. You should include a minimum of THREE references for papers in this course. Please note that references should be no more than 5 years old except recommended as a resource for the class. Furthermore, for each discussion board question, you need ONE initial substantive response and TWO substantive responses to either your classmates or your instructor for a total of THREE responses. There are TWO discussion questions each week, hence, you need a total minimum of SIX discussion posts for each week. I usually post a discussion question each week. You could also respond to these as it would count towards your required SIX discussion posts for the week.

I understand this is a lot of information to cover in 5 weeks, however, the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Even in times like this, we are encouraged by God’s word that we have that ability in us to succeed with His strength. I pray that each and every one of you receives strength for this course and life generally as we navigate through this pandemic that is shaking our world today. Relax and enjoy the course!

Hi Class,

Please read through the following information on writing a Discussion question response and participation posts.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Important information on Writing a Discussion Question

  • Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
  • There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
  • Include in-text citations in your response
  • Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
  • Follow APA-7th edition
  • Points will be deducted if the above is not followed

Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor

  • A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
  • Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
  • Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
  • Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
  • Follow APA 7th edition
  • Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
  • Remember to use and follow APA-7th edition for all weekly assignments, discussion questions, and participation points.
  • Here are some helpful links
  • Student paper example
  • Citing Sources
  • The Writing Center is a great resource