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MPH student writes BDN Op-Ed on sensible drug policy

Louisa Munk

A University of Southern Maine (USM) public health student’s Op-Ed on sensible drug policy was recently published in the Bangor Daily News.

In her piece, “Persistent policy barriers a hindrance in tackling the opioid crisis” Louisa Munk, a Master of Public Health student in the Muskie School of Public Service, calls for expansion of harm-reduction services — such as syringe exchange programs — to address Maine's opioid epidemic and reduce harm in the state's communities.

Munk argues that policy must be addressed in order to implement and expand such services.

“At the heart of this public health crisis are policy barriers that hinder access to recovery supports and harm reduction services,” she writes. “Currently, there are only five active syringe exchanges operating under the state’s certified program … [these] syringe exchanges do not provide adequate care to those in need, and they leave the majority of Mainers without access to their valuable services.”

Munk is a graduate assistant in USM’s Cutler Institute, where she is conducting research for the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, and is also a graduate fellow for the Maine Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Read the full Op-Ed in the Bangor Daily News.