Perspectives of and Responses to the National Opioid Crisis

HNR 360 - Perspectives of and Responses to the National Opioid Crisis

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2020
Class #: 21779
Section: M012
Credits: 3

Weiss, Barry S.

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci

Course Time(s):
TuTh 11:00am-12:20pm


Course Description:

Over the past 50 years, several public health crises in the United States have affected millions of lives and consumed countless hours of human toil with millions of dollars in response to them. Opioids, and their devastatingly residual effects, is the latest. In order to better prepare the next generation of public policymakers, public and private health officials, business professionals, and members of the media, this class will examine the convergence of factors that led to the current opioid crisis and its impact on a community. Peer teaching of crises concepts are taken from among our assigned readings: Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz, Dream Land – The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, and Dopesick by Beth Macy. The course is designed to develop an understanding of how the opioid crisis story was told via the media, and how not-for-profits and county governments collaborated to respond to the specific needs in their communities.

This course includes the hard reality and personal perspective of the people involved with the opioid crisis: those who have suffered it, work with it, and live in it. The critical component of hands-on encounters with real-life practitioners and current practices in a community is the essence of this course experience. This class will also examine how communities, specifically Onondaga County/Syracuse, New York have addressed the issue, while also analyzing how other communities in the United States have or have not. Emphasis will be placed on real-life scenarios using real time data from each student’s home community in order to construct potentially effective solutions to the problem locally.