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PCN 527 Psychopharmacology and Addictions


PCN 527 Psychopharmacology and Addictions

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PCN 527 Psychopharmacology and Addictions


GC PCN527 Full Course


GC PCN527 Week 1 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


There have been many legislative attempts at controlling the use of illicit drugs (whether prescription-type or otherwise). Why, or why not, have these attempts been effective? In your response, consider the root causes of illicit drug use.


dq 2


What are some of the social problems you have observed in your local community due to substance use related issues? What programs or resources are available?


GC PCN527 Week 2 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


View the 1980s public service announcement “This is Your Brain on Drugs”. Explain why you feel this advertising campaign was or was not effective.


dq 2


Describe the so-called “brain reward pathway” and explain its importance to understanding the effects of drug seeking behavior. Provide an example to support your description.


GC PCN527 Week 3 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


Nicotine, a legal stimulant for those 18 years of age and older, is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths annually. Do you feel current legislative actions concerning tobacco use are sufficient when compared to “illegal” substances, which result in about 50,000 deaths annually?


dq 2


Since the 1970s, have the effects of cocaine use on society gotten worse or better? Defend your position with examples.


GC PCN527 Week 4 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


The text (page 106) describes the phenomenon of “therapeutic index.” Addiction to barbiturates can be critical in terms of lethality as measured by the therapeutic index. Provide an example which explains how this phenomenon might lead to an accidental overdose. Why is this factor more critical with barbiturates than with other classes of depressant drugs?


dq 2


What is your opinion about the direct marketing of sedative hypnotics like Lunesta and Ambien? How has the marketing of these drugs influenced society’s perception of the benefits of drug use?


GC PCN527 Week 5 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


Should individuals who are arrested and convicted of a crime while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol face incarceration, treatment, or both? Research support for your opinion and provide an APA citation and/or link to your reference.


dq 2


Although genetic research is inconclusive, what is your belief about the genetic predisposition to alcohol? How does that belief affect treatment choices – or does it?


GC PCN527 Week 6 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


Marijuana remains the third most popular substance of abuse behind nicotine and alcohol. Should marijuana be legalized for general use and why? How would treatment differ for someone using it legally and someone using it illegally?


dq 2


Consider the physiological effects of the so-called “designer” drugs. Are these drugs any more dangerous than nicotine or alcohol? Defend your answer.


GC PCN527 Week 7 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


Discuss the differences between intoxication and toxicity. Explain the digestive elimination process of two of the following:

1.     1. Over-the-counter drugs

2.     2. Dietary supplements

3.     3. Performance enhancing drugs


dq 2


Does the mainstream media play a role in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and dietary supplements? Provide examples to support your position.


GC PCN527 Week 8 Discussion 1 & 2


dq 1


How would you explain the “chicken/egg” conundrum as to which disorder came first, the mental illness or the addiction? Provide an example to support your explanation.


dq 2


How would you incorporate psychopharmacological treatment when working with a client suffering from depression and addiction? What types of medication would you expect the client to be prescribed?


GC PCN527 Week 1 Assignment



Throughout this course, you will write a research paper (due in Topic 7) on a topic related to psychopharmacology and addictions.

First, choose a topic you are interested in for your research paper. The topic can be from any topic covered in the course.

Submit your chosen topic to the instructor for review and approval. Include a brief explanation of why this topic is of particular interest to you.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.


GC PCN527 Week 3 Assignment



Select six to eight articles that you will use for your research paper.

Create an annotated bibliography that summarizes the information and relevance of the articles you have selected.

For each article, provide the following:

1.     1. An APA reference entry.

2.     2. Paragraph summary (50 to 100 words).

3.     3. A short explanation of the relevance of the article to the topic of your research paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

Refer to the resource, “Preparing Annotated Bibliographies,” located in the Student Success Center, for additional guidance on completing this assignment in the appropriate style.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.


GC PCN527 Week 5 Assignment



Submit a draft of your research paper to your instructor for review and feedback.


PCN-527 Research Paper Draft Review Checklist


70 Completion Points Total

The instructor will review the research paper briefly to ensure the required components as outlined below are present. The student will receive full points as long as it is evident that an actual draft of the research paper has been submitted. The instructor may use discretion for awarding less points (for example, if a student only submits a title page and a few sentences then only 10 points would be awarded).

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Provides brief history of topic

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Discusses current trends or issues

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Identifies and discusses societal concerns or issues related to the topic

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Explains significance or relevance of topic to the counseling profession

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Identifies any future implications related to the topic

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Paper is between 1,500-2,000 words

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APA formatting, citations, and references are present

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GC PCN527 Week 7 Assignment



In this course, you are required to complete a research paper on a topic of your choice discussed in the course.

Review the topics in the course and choose a topic to focus your research paper on.

Your research paper should be 1,500-2,000-words and reflect critical thinking and analysis. Refer to the Academic Writing Guidelines Resource located in the Course Materials section for assistance with this.

You must have a minimum of six references to support your research.

Your research paper should include information about the following:

1.     1. Brief history

2.     2. Current trends or issues

3.     3. Societal concerns or issues related to the topic

4.     4. Significance or relevance of topic to the counseling profession

5.     5. Any future implications

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.


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