Issue 17 – Should Schools Drug Test Students?


PSY615 Drug Abuse and Society

Assignment : Taking Sides Essay

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Goldberg: Issues 1, 5, 17
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
3 scholarly sources, including the Goldberg text from the course, a peer-reviewed journal article, and another journal article, a scholarly book, or a professional or government data base website
A scholarly source includes an academic journal or book, a website that is a government database, or a professional organization’s website (e.g. The Centers for Disease Control, The National Institutes of Mental Health, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The Department of Health and Human Services, American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American Medical Association, etc.).
Do not use non-empirical sources such as USA Today, popular magazines, popular websites (such as webMD, Psychology Today, Wikipedia etc.) and other non-research bodies for this requirement. However, if you want to include resources above and beyond the requirement, you may cite newspapers, magazines, news websites, etc.
For this assignment you will write an essay in which you take a position on a particular issue from the Goldberg text. The purpose of this assignment is to research and facilitate further understanding and knowledge of important and controversial issues in the field of drug abuse and society.

Activity Instructions
After reading/reviewing the resources for this week, select one of these issues from the Goldberg text to write about in your essay. In the essay, take a position on this issue and support your position with three scholarly sources, which should include the following:

Goldberg text from the course
Peer-reviewed journal article
Another journal article, a scholarly book, or a professional or government data base website
Writing Requirements (APA format)

2-4 pages, not including title page or references page
1-inch margins
Double spaced
12-point Times New Roman font
Title page
Reference page (minimum of 3 resources)
Submission Instructions

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Grading and Assessment
This activity will be graded using the Taking Sides Essay Grading Rubric (in Course Documents).

Course Learning Outcome(s): 1, 2, 7
1. Explain the overall patterns of drug use.
2. Determine the differences in the terminology of drug use, misuse, abuse, dependency, addiction, etc.
7. Analyze and evaluate issues related to crime and drug control.

Due Date: By 11:55 pm ET on Sunday



Required Textbook(s) and Resources
These are the materials you will need to purchase for the course:

American Psychological Association. (2009) Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological

Goldberg, R. (2012). Taking sides: Clashing views in drugs and society (10th
ed.). New
York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Goode, E. (2012). Drugs in American society (8th
ed). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Some lectures/activities may contain additional resources. See individual
lectures/activities for those requirements. Where applicable, Tiffin University


Mandatory drug testing in schools is among the most controversial issues in the war on drugs.  Under the practice, schools institute policies that require random mandatory drug testing for all students with an aim of identifying those abuse drugs. Currently, only about 5% of schools perform mandatory drug tests on students despite revamped federal government campaign for the practice (American Psychological Association, 2009). While this is both a reactive and a proactive measure to keep drugs out of school, the practice has been criticized for being ineffective and for discouraging students from participating in extracurricular activities. However, random testing of drugs in schools should be encouraged because it is effective in keeping drugs out of schools.