Galef, J. (2016). Why you think you’re right, even if you’re wrong [Video file]. Retrieved from

As of 2017:  

  1. There are 8 states in which marijuana is legal for recreational use.
  2. There are another 24 where is it is legal for medical use.

please explain and Analyze the future of drug laws in the United States.


Unit 1 – Substance Abuse Disorders 

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Heshmat, S. (2015, April 23). What is confirmation bias? Psychology Today. Retrieved from

Inter-Pathé. (2015, April 10). Reefer madness [Video]. Retrieved from

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SAMHSA. (2014, September 4). The NSDUH report: Substance use and mental health estimates from the

2013 survey on drug use and health – overview and findings. Retrieved from

Sapolsky, R.M. (2014, December 31). A magician’s best trick: Revealing a basic human bias. The Wall Street Journal. [PDF]

SurgeonGeneral.Gov. (n.d.). Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids. Retrieved from

Terry-McElrath, Y.M., O’Malley, P.M., & Johnston, L.D. (2009). Reasons for drug use among American youth by consumption level, gender, and race/ethnicity: 1976-2005. Journal of Drug Issues,

39(3), 677-713. [Journal] Retrieved from https://prx-

Unit 2 – Healthcare Approach to Narcotics and Drug Abuse 

Bergland, C. (2015, June 4). What are the 11 symptoms of alcohol use disorder? Psychology Today. Retrieved from

Costello, T. (Reporter) & Holt, L. (Anchor). (2016, March 15). CDC Releases Guidelines for Prescribing Addictive Pain Medication. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. [Video] Retrieved from https://highered-nbclearn-com.prx-

Drug Fact Sheets based on information from DEA- Drug Fact Sheets. (n.d.). Retrieved from

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2013). Alcohol use disorder: A comparison between DSM-IV and DSM-5. Retrieved from

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). Archive Materials for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from

United States Drug Enforcement Administration. (n.d.). Drug Facts. Retrieved from

United States Drug Enforcement Administration. (n.d.). Drug Scheduling. Retrieved from 

U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency. (2019). Drug Disposal Information. Retrieved from

Unit 3 – The “War on Drugs”  

Boesler, M. & Lutz, A. (2012, July 12). 32 reasons why we need to end the war on drugs. Business Insider. Retrieved from

Dorsey, T., & Middleton, P. (n.d.). Drugs and Crime Facts. [PDF] Retrieved from

Drug Policy Alliance. (2016). Marijuana Facts. [PDF] Retrieved from

Grossman, M., Chaloupka, F. J., & Shim, K. (2002). Illegal drug use and public policy. Health Affairs, 21(2),

134-45. [ProQuest] Retrieved from https://prx-

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. (2016, March 1). Why the war on drugs is a huge failure [Video] Retrieved from

McVay, D., Schiraldi, V., & Ziedenberg, J. (2004, January). Treatment or incarceration? National and state findings on the efficacy and cost savings of treatment versus imprisonment. Washington, DC: Justice Policy Institute. Retrieved from


Snow, K. (Reporter) & Holt, L. (Anchor). (2016, February 03). New Hampshire’s Heroin Crisis Results in Record Overdose Deaths. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. [Video] Retrieved from https://prx-

TruTV. (2016, November 18). Adam ruins everything – The sinister reason weed is illegal [Video]. Retrieved from

Unit 4 – Racial Disparity Issues 

Alexander, M. [TEDx Talks]. (2013, October 16). The future of race in America: Michelle alexander at tedxcolumbus [Video file]. Retrieved from

Coates, T. [The Atlantic]. (2015, September 14). The enduring myth of black criminality [Video].

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Cohen, A. (2015). How white users made heroin a public-health problem. The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Cummings, A.D.P. (2012). “All eyez on me”: America’s war on drugs and the prison-industrial complex. The Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, 15(3), 417-448. Retrieved from

Green, H. [Vlogbrothers]. (2014, April 4). Mass incarceration in the United States [Video]. Retrieved from

Kamalu, N.C., Coulson-Clark, M, & Kamalu, N.M. (2010). Racial disparities in sentencing: Implications for the criminal justice system and the African American community. African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies: AJCJS, 4(1), 1-31. Retrieved from https://prx-

Nicosia, N., MacDonald, J.M., & Pacula, R.L. (2017). Does mandatory diversion to drug treatment eliminate racial disparities in the incarceration of drug offenders? An examination of California’s proposition 36. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 33(1),179-205. [PDF] Retrieved from

Schlesinger, T. (2007). The cumulative effects of racial disparities in criminal processing. Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, 7, 261-278. Retrieved from

Western, B. [The Atlantic]. (2015, October 2). Mass incarceration visualized [Video]. Retrieved from  

Unit 5 – Decriminalization 

Bourbonneat. (2009, September 4). Marijuana, the devil’s flower by Mr sunshine [Video]. Retrieved from

Canales, R. [TED]. (2013, November 4). The deadly genius of drug cartels [Video]. Retrieved from

Drug Policy Alliance. (2016). Just a slap on the wrist? The life-changing consequences of a marijuana arrest. Retrieved from 20Criminalization_%28Feb.%202016%29.pdf

Gutierrez, G. (Reporter), & Diaz-Balart, J. (Anchor). (2015, November 21). Momentum builds for pot legalization in Nevada. NBC Nightly News. [Video] Retrieved from https://prx-

Ingraham, C. (2016, October 13). Here’s how legal pot changed Colorado and Washington. The Washington Post. Retrieved from

OJJDP. (n.d.). Juvenile arrest rate for drug abuse in the United States in 2014, sorted by state. Statista – The Statistics Portal. Retrieved from

Schmader, D. [TEDx Talks]. (2016, February 1). Stoners coming out – beyond the marijuana monster myths [Video]. Retrieved from

Welker, K. (Reporter), & Holt, L. (Anchor). (2014, July 27). New York times endorses legalization of marijuana. NBC Nightly News. [Video] Retrieved from

Whitaker, B. [Regulate Marijuana]. (2015, January 12). The marijuana effect – Colorado 2014 [Video]. Retrieved from

Unit 6 – The Future of Drug Laws

DEA. (n.d.). DEA 360 strategy. Retrieved from

DEA. (2014). Federal penalties for drug trafficking (except marijuana). [PDF] 

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