Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Research Sponsor

Dr. Laura Richardson

First Reader

Melissa Smith

Second Reader

Dr. Ronald Otterstetter

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of creating a grassroots heroin awareness organization on a university campus through qualitative research. Various meeting types were attended as the grassroots efforts began: a student organization dedicated to the cause, the campus Alcohol and Other Drug Board, a local community treatment center agency, multiple University of Akron faculty members, and other heroin awareness groups in the community. Through observation and journaling of these meetings, I am sharing my experience based off analyzed field notes. After analyzation of these notes, common themes related to the formation of this kind of group became very evident: frustration, stress, disappointment, and time consumption. While the group aimed to help those struggling with addiction in the community and raising awareness for the heroin epidemic, the success of the group was faced with many challenges due to lack of support, funding, and even scheduling difficulties. Further research would greatly benefit future students wishing to form an organization such as this to help find the most successful approach.

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