You and your partner are scientists who have more than a few reasons to be concerned about drug use in our society. Specifically, you are concerned about one of the profiles that have been provided.
It seems that many people who take drugs are unaware of how these chemicals interact with their body and you believe that, if only people knew about the hazards associated with certain drugs, they would stop their reckless consumption.
Part One - Scientific Abstract
A scientific abstract is a summary of your research and would be included in an article in a scientific journal, such as Nature or Science. These journals receive many articles for submission, and so they require that abstracts be to the point. Your audience for this abstract is the scientific community. Your abstract should be no longer than a paragraph, but will contain all of the following information:
You are also required to
include any references you used as part of your research. As always, it
is important to give credit to the sources you've used. A bibliography
is helpful for other scientists who are reading your research, because
it can point them in the direction of materials they can use in their
own research. (For example, if they're conducting research on a topic
similar to yours.) Because of this, it is important that references be
cited in a particular way. Here are some examples.
Choose one of the profiles and research the specific drug in question. You must show an understanding of how the drug affects the normal functioning of the nervous system, as well as how these effects create a plethora of signs and symptoms.
You will be presenting your report at a student conference or at the next AADAC meeting. Your presentation must highlight the following:
This information will be summarized in your scientific abstract.
Part Three - Educational Tool
Prepare and distribute a thoughtful educational tool that is targeted at the specific audience your drug is most prevalent in (For example, ecstasy use will focus primarily on high school age groups).
Your educational tool should address the appropriate age group and serve as the most effective means for advocating change. Remember, if your audience is high school students, what method will appeal to them most?
Your educational tool could be a poster (that you hang in a bathroom stall), a pamphlet (that would catch the attention of your audience), an ad in a magazine, a radio broadcast or a commercial. Choose which ever medium you believe would be most effective for the audience most prone to using the drug.