Comparing news reporting with solutions reporting

This drug can break opioid addiction. Why aren’t we using it? 

This story by Mother Jones talked about the positive effects of buprenorphine — it’s more difficult to abuse than methadone and patients don’t typically need to go to the clinic everyday for a dosage. It also mentions the Office-Based Buprenorphine Induction clinic in San Francisco, which helps patients without private insurance get access to the treatment. Certain things about this article, like the use of first person or uncensored cursing in quotes, wouldn’t be seen in mainstream media, but the piece still has elements of solutions journalism. It identifies a problem (lack of access to buprenorphine) and a solution (the program). It also airs the successes and grievances of the program, an important way to not make something seem like the “silver bullet.”

Why aren’t more doctors prescribing Suboxone? 

This article highlights the lack of physicians authorized by the eight-hour training to administer buprenorphine. Instead of a program that increases the physicians who can administer the drug, it highlighted the fact that there are 32,000 out of 900,000 physicians in America who are certified to prescribe or administer it. It also mentioned the lack of people in need of treatment that never get it: 80 percent to be exact. Some possible solutions may be more opportunities to take courses that authorize the use of buprenorphine or programs reaching out to more addicted parents.

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Grace Shallow

Grace Shallow is a sophomore journalism student at Temple University in Philadelphia. On paper, she is the deputy features editor for The Temple News, an intern for WHYY’s PlanPhilly and a contributor for the Spirit News with previous work at her hometown’s paper, Cinn City News. Contact Grace at tug14374@temple.edu.

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By Grace Shallow