Opioid Epidemic Analysis PaperOpioid overdoses have caused many people harm—not just those who have died, but their family andfriends who have suffered an emotional loss as well. It’s clear from an objective standpoint that thereis a rising number of overdose deaths and that it has been getting worse. But what makes us definesomething as a social problem?Sociologists who study the construction of social problems are interested in more than just the natureof an issue and the harm that it may cause. A social constructionist approach goes beyond thequestion of “is this a problem?”A social constructionist encourages us to think critically about what comes to our attention as a socialproblem, as well as why some issues are not defined as social problems despite their causing harm—sometimes even more harm than those that we think of as social problems.Students will write a paper examining the status of the opioid problem in the United States, how ithas been defined as social problem and solutions to address theproblem.Paper OutlineUse the following format for the paper:– organize paper with the bolded sections• Introduction• Social Problem-Opioid Addiction• Solutions -Opioid Addiction– answer the questions in your writing – do NOT list the questionsIntroduction (3 pages)• What is the scope of the opioid epidemic?• How did the United States get into this situation?• What is the history• Who contributed to this epidemic?• Pharmaceutical companies?• Physicians?• Health Insurance?• Patients?Social Problem – Opioid Addiction (3-4 pages)• Who has defined this issue as a social problem?• When did people start paying attention to this issue?• What put it on a public agenda?• Has this issue been ignored until recently?• Who do we most associate with this issue and problem?• What is the intersectionality of opioid addiction, race and class?• How does race and class intersect?• Good place to start – read this link below and then look for other sociologicalscholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.• What is the intersectionality approach in sociology?the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class,contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by anindividual.What is the intersectionality approach in sociology?the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class,contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by anindividual.Solutions – Opioid Addiction (3 pages)• What are the prevention strategies?• Federal and State levels• How are the proposed solutions defined – what would success look lik• What are prevention strategies that could be used with social workers being involved?• Any current practices that are successful?12 Resources Minimum – you can use more sources�You must cite sources to support the statements and facts in the paper.You should have more multiple sources cited in each section of the paper.• 8 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles – must be current and within years 2015 to 2019.• Sociology articles will be important to write about the social problem of opioid addiction.• 4 other resources such as, governmental agencies report and websites, PBS videos or othercreditable sources.APA Formatted – NO abstract is needed.• Please use weblink below for an overview of APA (American Psychological Association). APA(American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within thesocial sciences.• https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html• Paper should focus onparaphrasing other sources (same concept or thought butwritten in different words); avoid direct quotes from other sources (written word forword)Resources to help start your paper:PBS.org has many resources – please review and watch the videos.https://www.pbs.org/search/q=opioidhttps://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/drug_poisoning_mortality/drug_poisoning.htmhttps://ww.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-statehttps://www.cdc.gov/opioidshttps://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/prescription.htmlCDC’s Overdose Prevention in States (OPIS) effort – https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/states/index.htmlArticle from “Contexts” – https://contexts.org/articles/race-class-drugs/Grading Criteria for this assignment:20 points – quality and depth of Introduction Section20 points – quality and depth of Social Problem-Opioid Addiction Section20 points – qualityand depth of intersectionality of opioid addiction, race and class20 points – quality and depth of Solutions -Opioid Addiction Section10 points – on time10 points- followed APA and paper format100 – TOTAL
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