The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion. At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation. The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit. You have a friend who has been recently paroled to your town. You know he has been using crack cocaine daily for about 6 months. You are worried that your friend might be addicted and in trouble. He has become more paranoid and argumentative. You do not know where to turn for help. You call the local drug abuse hotline and they tell you that he needs an intervention. However, if you intervene this might mean that he breaks parole and will be incarcerated for the next several years. You also know that he is able to get drugs in prison and this will not break the cycle of his addictions. Assignment Guidelines •In 5–7 paragraphs, address the following: ◦What form of treatment do you think your friend might need? Why? ◦What are the ramifications for you and your friend if you take steps to help? Explain. ◦Do you think that the risk is worth the potential result? Why or why not? ◦Do you think it is your place to intervene or to suggest treatment options? Explain. •Post a new topic to the Discussion Board that contains your responses to the above questions. •Comment on at least two other students’ posts.