Opioid Crisis Discussion

Opioid crisis discussion due in 10 hours 9/15/2020 

Prompt 1: Environmental factors significantly affect the opioid crisis in Anytown (a fictional town) (please review the statement from the  transcript below). 

1. (200 words) State how the health belief model can be used to create an environmental health program addressing the issue in the transcript below. 

2. (200 words) What resources would you need to reach your goal of making this town safe? 

3. (200 words) What community organizations would you need to support your efforts and why? 

4. (200 words) What cultural factors should be included in this program to ensure its success?

5. (200 words ) Are there any disadvantage or flaws to the model you have selected and how can they be rectified? 

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Video Transcript

Week 2

I am the Environmental Science Director for the county that includes Anytown. By

now, you know about the public health crisis generated by the opioid epidemic not

only in Anytown, but across the country as well. In fact, the opioid crisis can be called

the number one public health issue of our time. In fact, a White House Panel

recommended that this be declared a national emergency (Goodnough, 2017).

But did you know that this crisis and environmental science are connected? How, you

may ask? Let’s look at the environment of a coal mine. Are the working conditions

considered safe in terms of the air quality? One of the most common illnesses for

coal mining workers is called pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. According to

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pneumoconiosis occurs when

someone breathes in dust particles, or in this case, coal particles, over a period of

time. It often takes years for the disease to manifest, and when it does, lung

impairment, disability, and even death can occur.

This is an environmental science public health issue because this is a human-caused

disease and can be prevented through proper dust control measures. Because there

is no cure for black lung disease, many residents have turned to opioids to cope. I

need your help with this problem. Put on your environmental science hat and let’s

brainstorm ways to help our community and prevent this horrible condition and its


Prompt 2: Pathways to Safer Opioid Use scenario

Link to access scenario: https://health.gov/hcq/trainings/pathways/index.html

Complete the character role of the nurse Rhonda Clark. You can work through this character more than once, making different decisions to alter the outcome. Once you have completed this role, answer the following:

1. (200 words) What decisions did you make?

2. (200 words) Did you change any of your answers? 

3. (200 words) Did anything surprise you? 

4. (200 words) As a public health professional, how can you work with nurses on the opioid crisis?

5. (200 words) What intervention would you implement at the patient and community level to reduce the opioid epidemic. 

6. (200 words) How can a collaborative approach and continuity of care reduce the prevalence of this pandemic? 

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