dopetalk does not endorse any advertised product nor does it accept any liability for it's use or misuse

This website has run out of funding so feel free to contribute if you can afford it (see footer)

Author Topic: Opioid Abuse and the Media: Attitude Adjustment Required (medscape article)  (Read 2372 times)

Offline makita (OP)

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Join Date: Aug 2015
  • Location:
  • Posts: 291
  • Reputation Power: 26
  • makita is now quite familiar.makita is now quite familiar.
  • Last Login:March 07, 2019, 05:50:39 PM
Opioid Abuse and the Media: Attitude Adjustment Required

The news media frames the prescription opioid abuse crisis largely as a criminal issue rather than as a public health problem or treatable health condition, new research suggests.

And that's a problem, lead investigator Emma E. McGinty, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, told Medscape Medical News.

"The way that the news media covers issues such as opioid analgesic abuse can influence public opinion about the problem and support for policy proposals to address the issue," she said.

The findings "underscore the need for a concerted effort to reframe opioid analgesic abuse as a treatable condition addressable via well-established public and behavioral health approaches," Dr McGinty and her colleagues write.

The study was published online December 1 in Psychiatric Services.

Criminal or Clinical Issue?

"Opioid analgesic abuse, addiction, and overdose are among the most pressing public health problems facing the nation today. We conducted a news media content analysis to improve our understanding of the national dialogue on this issue. This type of analysis can help us understand the types of information the American public are exposed to through the news media and assess how reporters and opinion leaders are framing the causes of and solutions to the problem," said Dr McGinty.
Dr Emma McGinty

The researchers assessed the volume and content of print and television news coverage of opioid analgesic abuse over a recent 15-year period (1998 to 2012). They found that 77% of the news stories mentioned a cause of the crisis, most commonly, illicit drug dealing by physicians, patients, and others (57%), followed by physician-related cause (47%), patient-related cause (32%), and pharmacy-related cause (34%).

A little more than half (51%) of the stories mentioned solutions to the crisis, most commonly, law enforcement (64%), followed by any prevention-oriented solutions (41%) and expanding substance use treatment (3%).

More than 80% of the news stories depicted an individual abuser of opioids. Of those, two thirds depicted individuals actively involved in criminal activity. Abusers were more likely to be depicted as engaging in criminal activity than seeking or getting treatment.

These findings, Dr McGinty said, "suggest that the national dialogue around opioid analgesic abuse still frames this issue predominantly as a criminal justice issue rather than as a public health problem or treatable health condition, though we do see some promising shifts in news coverage of the issue over time ― for example, a shift away from law enforcement–focused solutions and toward prevention-oriented solutions. That said, very few news stories describe opioid addiction as a treatable health condition or portray people with such addiction undergoing successful treatment.

"Research suggests that in the absence of these depictions in mainstream news coverage, it may be difficult to garner public and policy makers' support for expanding evidence-based substance use disorder treatment in the US," she added.

Reached for comment, Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health, said that it is important to note that the period covered by this study ends in 2012, and during the last 3 years, "there's been a dramatic increase in the number of stories in major newspapers about this issue and a huge uptake in interest in this issue, and I think more of a reframing of the issue towards a public health problem than perhaps this study would suggest.

"Certainly, the challenges we face around prescription opioids, heroin, or any type of substance misuse is fundamentally a public policy and health issue, and I think in the last couple of years, we have seen that trend both in terms of how the press is reporting it and also in terms of how policy makers are looking at it. For example, take naloxone as a harm reduction approach. Before 2012, very few of us knew much about it. Now it's getting tremendous attention," Dr Levi said.

The study was supported by AIG, Inc. The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/855285?nlid=92656_2051&src=wnl_edit_medn_psyc&uac=242840CT&spon=12&impID=910694&faf=1
something something drug war, social justice blah blah

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
0 Replies
2715 Views
Last post June 15, 2015, 10:41:21 PM
by Chip
0 Replies
149 Views
Last post July 15, 2015, 01:16:23 PM
by candy
0 Replies
2611 Views
Last post August 28, 2015, 07:11:58 PM
by Chip
0 Replies
2523 Views
Last post September 07, 2015, 06:14:19 PM
by Chip
2 Replies
3037 Views
Last post October 31, 2015, 10:50:04 PM
by Thoms
7 Replies
7162 Views
Last post October 05, 2017, 07:53:31 AM
by MoeMentim
0 Replies
2195 Views
Last post November 14, 2017, 03:17:50 AM
by Chip
0 Replies
1679 Views
Last post September 12, 2019, 05:13:32 PM
by Chip
0 Replies
1166 Views
Last post December 05, 2019, 05:52:27 PM
by Chip
0 Replies
301 Views
Last post May 30, 2021, 07:04:23 PM
by Chip


dopetalk does not endorse any advertised product nor does it accept any liability for it's use or misuse





TERMS AND CONDITIONS

In no event will d&u or any person involved in creating, producing, or distributing site information be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use d&u. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless d&u, its domain founders, sponsors, maintainers, server administrators, volunteers and contributors from and against all liability, claims, damages, costs and expenses, including legal fees, that arise directly or indirectly from the use of any part of the d&u site.


TO USE THIS WEBSITE YOU MUST AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ABOVE


Founded December 2014
SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal