: Amphetamine Use and Abuse

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Module 3 Assignment 2: Amphetamine Use and Abuse – LASA 1

Read the continuing scenario about Aaliyah and address the following items:

  • Examine the change in amphetamine use and abuse in the U.S. from the 1950s to the present.
  • Explain to which schedule amphetamines belong and why they are on the Schedule of Controlled Substances.
  • Explain the effects Aaliyah might be experiencing as a result of her regular amphetamine use. Be sure to include:
    • Acute effects, chronic effects, and withdrawal
    • Effects on physiology (brain and body), behavior, mood, and toxicity
  • Give at least three indications from the case study suggesting there may be a problem with Aaliyah's substance use. That is, describe at least three likely behaviors that Aaliyah is likely to exhibit if she is misusing amphetamines.

Determine whether Aaliyah has an abuse problem or a dependency problem. Include a discussion of DSM-IV-TR criteria. Use the template to help you make the assessment.

This paper is worth 25% of your final grade. It is CRUCIAL that you take your time and do well on this assignment. Responses under the minimum (4 pages) are unacceptable, however being over the maximum (5 pages) is fine (title and references pages do not count in these minimum page requirements, you must have 4 full pages of text to be within the minumum requirement). It is preferable that you go into too much detail, rather than not enough. Don't forget to use APA format when writing your paper (see the Sample APA Format Paper in Doc Sharing if you are unsure what APA format papers should include) including citations and references, title page, and headers with page numbers. Please check for spelling and grammar errors, and proofread for errors before submitting. Please save your paper with your name and assignment name as the document title, as a Word document (example: mlafrance_m3a2.doc). Please submit your paper to the proper dropbox by Day 7 (11/27) no later than 11:59pm MST to avoid late work penalties. Please refer to the expanded grading rubric (visible when you click on the grading criteria on the assignment page) to discover what is required of an Exemplary paper.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

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Examined the change in amphetamine use and abuse in the U.S. from the 1950s to the present.


Explained why amphetamine is on the Schedule of Controlled Substances and to which schedule it belongs.


Explained the acute, chronic, and withdrawal effects of amphetamines on physiology, behavior, mood, and toxicity.


Described at least 3 behaviors Aaliyah is likely to exhibit if she is misusing amphetamines.


Used DSM-IV-TR criteria to determine whether Aaliyah has a substance abuse or a substance dependence problem.


Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word choice Organization (12 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (16 points)
: In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style




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Purdue University

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