“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.”
Read more at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/855285
Source: Medscape.com – December 2, 2015