This week you learned about strategic policy communication. Communicating to individuals or groups who can influence policy in order to advocate for health is essential. For this written assignment you will be developing a policy brief for the following scenario.
Scenario: Death from drug overdose continues to rise in the United States with opioids being involved in 68% of overdose deaths. You have recently returned from Vancouver, Canada where there is a Supervised Consumption Service or Supervised Injection Site in operation. You have done some research and have found that there are about 100 safe injection sites throughout the world including Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. There are currently no sites within the United States ([email protected], 2019). Some initial data you have pulled includes a 50% reduction in overdose mortality between 1991 and 2008 with decreases in unsafe disposals of syringes in Barcelona, Spain. In Vancouver, Canada there were no fatal injection site overdoses between 2004-2008 with a decrease in the number of community overdose deaths and public injections. It was reported that 42% of the users at the Canadian facility had entered addiction treatment (Gostin, Hodge