CYCLE 5 - PROJECT PLAN

Hello everyone! Welcome to my project plan for my first cycle of the year. Speaking of which, my question is...

Does socially accepting drug addiction affect its usage among consumers positively or negatively?

Evidently, this question is very different than my last two cycles which were about consumerism and feminism. However, I am very excited to explore this new direction and see where my research takes me! Drug addiction is something that I've been very conscious of recently in my life. It can be found in my family, some of my friends, and in my community in general. Because of my large involvement in Project H.E.L.L.O. (a school club that focuses on helping Vancouver's homeless population and reconnecting families), I have spent quite a bit of time with those who have been severely affected by their addiction. This got me to thinking about the stigma that surrounds addiction in our society. So, I wondered how socially accepting drug addiction would affect its usage among consumers. I'm hoping that with my research, I will be able to answer this question and be one step closer to helping our society. I will be splitting up my research into three rounds and I will be posting bi-weekly. For my first round, I will be introducing my subject and talking about drug addiction in general. In my second round, I will be researching positive effects and in the third, I will be talking about negative effects. I believe splitting up my rounds in this manner will be the most effective and organized. 

ROUND 1: INTRO 

In this round, I will be giving an in-depth introduction to my subject. I will be explaining what drug addiction is, what I mean when I say "drug addiction", and talking about the stigma of addiction. Because my question is subjective in a sense, I believe this round is vital in setting a precedence for my following research.

ROUND 2: POSITIVE EFFECTS

For my next round, I will be talking about the positive effects of socially accepting drug addiction. It is in this round where I will be referencing Portugal's decriminalization of drugs and the effects that they have witnessed so far. I will also be looking to see if any other countries or cities have done anything similar and what their outcomes have been.  

ROUND 3: NEGATIVE EFFECTS 

In my final round, I will be looking at the negative effects of my question. Will social acceptance encourage others to use drugs? Will children not understand the dire effects of addiction if drugs were socially accepted? These and more are some questions I hope I will be able to answer by the end of this round.

Here are some potential sources for my upcoming sources: 

https://greatoaksrecovery.com/...acceptance-drug-use/ 

https://www.herwig-lempp.de/da...DrugaddictionJHL.pdf

https://myvictorycenter.com/so...tance-of-drug-abuse/

https://psychcentral.com/lib/s...power-of-acceptance/

https://www.verywellmind.com/s...ant-addictions-22243

https://www.theguardian.com/ne...-the-world-copied-it

https://nationalpost.com/news/...alized-all-the-drugs 

Original Post

Hey Heeva! 

You did a really great job in organizing your plan, and it is very clear what your objectives for your cycle is. Reading this got to let me learn a little more about you, and your concerns for our society. Referencing Portugal's decriminalization of drugs is a good idea, and perhaps you can even compare Portugal's outcomes with the other countries or cities you found? 

Overall, I really like your plan and very excited to see what is yet to come!
Good luck! 

Hi Heeva!

Wow your project is really organized, and I like how you divided your research rounds. There's a lot of negative perceptions commonly associated with substance addiction, and I find it important to recognize that. Stigma holds a lot of power over individuals these days. It has the potential to negatively effect a person's self-esteem which can even decrease the willingness of someone to access treatment. It has the potential to damage relationships with people they love. Just because an individual is addicted to some sort of substance, it doesn't change who they are deep down. Becoming dependant on drugs can literally happen to anyone. As a result, it is crucial that we all take part in helping there to be a decrease in stigma around drug usage.

If you are interested, you can look into ways in how we can take part in reducing the stigma and how to help those facing drug addiction. I like how you are going into examples for your second research round, so I also encourage you to do that for your third!

Many newspaper headlines concerned with the drug problemHere are some websites you may be interested to look into:

http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/fa...bstance-use-problems

https://www.livestrong.com/art...cts-from-drug-abuse/

 

Good luck on your research!

-Alison

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