The devastating impact of the current opioid epidemic in the United States with 130 opioid-related overdose deaths every day has heightened public awareness about the danger of addiction. The fact that addictions are the top causes of preventable death and disability in the United States and also create a significant burden on families, social systems, and the economy clearly demonstrates the importance of confronting the nature of addiction and creating an effective and equitable societal response.
The goal of this Lab is to confront the complex challenge of addiction. We will pursue questions about the fundamental nature of addiction and the ways in which societies both influence and respond to addiction. We will ask whether it is useful to think of addiction as a brain disease or as genetic disorders and how these models influence the ways in which societies try to prevent and treat addiction and what social policies are adopted. Using an archive of literary, scientific, and media resources we will engage in hands-on activities in a small classroom environment, interact with guest consultants, and address a challenge posed by a community partner.
We created this guide as a bookmark for the various tools to help you with your research as you make your way through the semester. It contains useful information on finding articles, library services, and software for organizing your work and making the writing and citing process easier.
On the left side of the page is the page navigation that you can use to jump to different sections of the guide. Below the navigation is library contact information for immediate services for any type of library research question you may have. You can call by phone, email, or use our request a consultation form to schedule an appointment with a liaison librarian who has disciplinary expertise in areas and subjects you are navigating. The contact information for your embedded librarian Matthew Harp follows.