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Rhetorical Framing and Needle Exchange in Rural Indiana: Shifting Perspectives and Policy


Political discourse surrounding matters of public health is exigent because human life is at stake this is unquestionably the case with respect to widespread opioid addiction. While intravenous drug use itself is described as a health concern, the spread of diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV through the sharing of needles is a disease surveillance emergency. This research centers on municipal-level decision making in the community of greater Lafayette, Indiana. Here, the mayors of sister cities West Lafayette and Lafayette hold different positions regarding a clean needle exchange program operated by the county health department.

Objective: This abstract proposes a poster presentation aimed at explaining rhetorical framing as a technique for articulating and identifying cases in healthchare policy.

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