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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:10 pm 
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I joined a year ago, but never post. I felt this article was worth sharing. Hope I am in the right forum.

It basically argues that the media is enabling the opiate crisis by ignoring evidence-based solutions, and enabling temperance-style politician and groups to dominate the debate. Also discussed racism in drug war coverage over years.

http://fair.org/home/stigma-over-solutions/


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But even as reporters display more sympathy (New York Times, 10/30/15), media are still failing to help solve the crisis. Overdoses continue to rise (New York Times, 6/5/17), racial disparities in the criminal justice system are still rampant (Slate, 8/9/15), and dominant media often treat the opiate crisis as fodder for anecdotal, often sensationalized stories about a sad phenomenon, not a massive health emergency begging for serious and urgent policy reforms. Further, studies show most reports covering opiate abuse still portray it as a criminal issue, as opposed to the health crisis that it is.

The medications that are the most effective treatment available are often vilified in the media as being no better than the illegal drugs they treat. This contributes to a stigma that, according to researchers at John Hopkins University (4/16/14), dissuades “people who use opioids from seeking effective services,” and “is impeding progress in reducing the toll of overdose.”

There are real solutions to the opiate problem that require sensible policies and a public that understands the nature of addiction. By failing to cover these remedies in a serious way, corporate media have enabled the opiate crisis to get worse.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:30 pm 
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I couldn't agree more! Whenever the media talks about how treating opioid addiction with medication is where we are headed, they only seem to bring up vivitrol! Nothing about buprenorphine. I've noticed this quite a bit in the last three years. Plus journalists want to present the pros and cons about everything, including MAT. Like, on the one hand buprenorphine prevents relapse and saves lives, but it also gets sold on the street. As if those two things cancel each other out!

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