General Instructions for “High Price” Each of these reflections should be betwe


General Instructions for “High Price” Each of these reflections should be between 1500-2000 words, not including any quoted material. The reflection must include at least 3 direct (cited) quotes from the assigned book, and they must be highlighted in bold. These should be “substantive” quotes that support points that you are making in your paper, not just random quotes from the book. While there is not a specific length requirement for the quotes, generally, one sentence is probably not going to be long enough to be substantive, and very long quotes will detract from your own writing in this relatively short paper. Three to five sentences is a good average. Corresponding citations must be used, including a bibliography at the end of the paper. If your quotes are not properly indicated and cited, including page or location numbers, points will be deducted. Note that these are critical reflections of these books, NOT book reviews. Questions for Consideration – These are general questions for you to consider while reading these two books. You do not necessarily need to address them in your papers; they are more for helping you to focus your reading.
In what ways are the authors of these books asking society to respond differently to recreational drug use and drug abuse?
What evidence do the authors present for their reasoning for how we should respond to recreational drug use and drug abuse?
What arguments or evidence do they present that our current prohibition or “just say no” approach is not working? In what specific ways is it not working?
In what ways are these approaches different from or similar to drug education you have received in the past? Do these approaches resonate with you or not, and how?
Critical Reflection: “High Price” (1500-2000 words)
Prompt Questions (Use at least 3 quotes from this book and address all of the following four topics.)
The subtitle to this book is, “A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.” In what ways, if any, did Dr. Hart challenge your personal views or opinions? What pieces of information stood out to you the most? Did he leave you with any questions or pieces of information that you feel are missing?
Dr. Hart goes into his personal background in depth in this “part memoir” in order to give context to his own evolution of thought on drugs and their impact on society. He points out critical events and influences that led him down his successful career path. What lessons can we take away from his experience for improving outcomes for youth exposed to drugs in their communities?
Throughout the book, Dr. Hart talks about the impact of race and racism on both himself and society in general. In what ways is racism connected to our response to drugs and drug use, historically and currently? What role do you think it has or should have in rethinking drug policy in this country?
Dr. Hart argues that a first step in a serious national discussion about changing drug policy would have to be public “reeducation” about drugs (see for example, page 326 or the 11th paragraph in Chapter 17 that begins, “In order to begin . . .”). Based on your peers and others you know, what information would be the most compelling to them in order for them to support changes in drug policy? If you have discussed this book with others, what was their reaction to the information you shared? How do these topics intersect with other current events at the moment?


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