A new study looks at different messages for strategies to combat the opioid epidemic. Some work better than others.
“There are plenty of evidence-based ideas that could help end the opioid epidemic, from more access to addiction treatment to harm reduction efforts. But the policy proposals to enact such ideas often have trouble getting off the ground — largely thanks to resistance from the general public and politicians, even in the midst of what amounts to the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history.
A new survey of more than 5,500 Americans by Civis Analytics provides some hints for advocates looking to build public support for policy responses to the opioid crisis. The survey gauged public support for medications used to treat opioid addiction and needle exchanges, both of which have decades of evidence to support them. The analysis then compared how different messages affect levels of support among the general public.”
Source: Vox.com – September 13, 2018