Voices in the media: key stakeholders and the overdose crisis

dc.contributor.authorBooth, Katyanna
dc.contributor.supervisorWallace, Bruce B.
dc.contributor.supervisorPauly, Bernie
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-26T17:05:54Z
dc.date.available2021-08-26T17:05:54Z
dc.date.copyright2021en_US
dc.date.issued2021-08-26
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Social Worken_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Social Work M.S.W.en_US
dc.description.abstractOpioid overdose deaths have impacted the lives of countless Canadians at unprecedented rates and have taken the lives of over 19,000 people since 2016, over 4,000 of those deaths occurred in 2017. The overdose crisis has been repeatedly represented in the media and how the issues are represented by key stakeholders is an area left primarily unresearched. Online news media articles stemming from International Overdose Awareness Day in 2017 were collected and methodologically reviewed via Critical discourse analysis to answer the following: What messages, and from which key stakeholders, how key stakeholders challenged or accepted constructions of substances and PWUD, and how messages converged and/or diverged amongst key stakeholders. Loved Ones most the most cited, then Frontline Providers, followed by Experiential People, Government Officials, and Indigenous People the least. Themes that emerged included the Stigma Experience, Sharing Experience of Grief, Loss, and Substance Use, and Problems and Solutions. Competing and divergent views also presented themselves through the stakeholder voices and often revolved around similar goals but different approaches. The voices in the media for International Overdose Awareness Day advocated and disrupted pre-conceived notions yet also contributed to constructions directly connected to the stigma and oppression PWUD face.en_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/13321
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectcritical discourse analysisen_US
dc.subjectsocial constructionismen_US
dc.subjectmediaen_US
dc.subjectsocial worken_US
dc.subjectharm reductionen_US
dc.subjectsocial worken_US
dc.titleVoices in the media: key stakeholders and the overdose crisisen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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