Recently Donald Trump declared a “public health emergency” concerning the abuse of opioids in America. This is not the first time a president has acknowledged a national drug problem but it is quite a different response than it has been in the past. Review this NPR (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.article.

For extra credit, write a commentary on the current opioid epidemic in relation to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. What are the different responses from the Presidents? What are the differences in drug use patterns? Who is affected most in each case? What is the criminal justice response? Is this a good thing or bad?

The level of writing, critique, outside research and analysis should fall somewhere between the journal entries and the final paper. I have not decided a point amount yet, but the better the paper, the more points you will earn. Good papers- with well thought out critiques and analyses backed with significant evidence- may earn enough points to alter a final grade. The paper should be at least three pages.

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