Week 3 Discussion Question: Policy
This week we have been focusing on drug control policy. We have discussed the ever growing heroin abuse problem and the increase in fatal overdoses that result. Consider the specific case of heroin in Maryland and the policy that has been developed and put into place to address the overdoses.
Take a look at this policy, titled the Maryland Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan, which is attached in the week 3 Content area. Read over the key initiatives and then pick one to answer the below questions.
Substance use disorder treatment
Public health focus on overdoses
Efforts to address overdoses on pharmaceutical opioids
Emergency response plan
For this discussion question, choose one of the key initiatives and address the following:
1. What is the benefit of this initiative to achieve a reduction in opioid overdoses (the objective of the policy)?
2. What challenges do you foresee in achieving this initiative?
3. If you were able to amend this initiative, what would you add to increase its effectiveness?
**Answer the Discussions question and provide 3 references. **