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November Debate of the Month: Opioid Epidemic

November Debate of the Month: Opioid Epidemic

Resolved, increased regulation on pharmaceutical companies is the most viable solution to the opioid crisis

 

Issue Background:

The opioid crisis affects almost every community in America. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years — killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car accidents, and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak. With more and more citizens getting their hands on these dangerous drugs legally, the question of how the opioid crisis can be remedied remains critical for our policymakers. Recently, legal analysis has shed light on pharmaceutical companies as the catalyst to mass addiction. Attorney Generals in Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and California have all filed lawsuits against several pharmaceutical companies in recent years. With 38% of all Americans using prescription painkillers, are pharmacies over-prescribing these medications for profit? Studies have shown that doctors prescribing painkillers more often receive money from pharmaceutical companies to do so. Pharmaceutical companies have also been known to contribute to the supply of opioids on the black market as seen in the January lawsuit of Everett, Washington against Purdue Pharma. With legal action being taken against this epidemic, is regulating pharmacies the best solution to this crisis?

Pro Argument:

  • Since pharmaceutical companies manufacture an enormous amount of abused drugs, the government must regulate the distribution
  • Lawsuits and the increasing rate of people dying from the abuse of drugs mandates that there be regulations to the source of the drugs
  • Regulation on pharmaceutical companies will deter the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers and the monetary incentives doctors receive for prescribing such drugs

 

Con Argument:

  • The regulation is unnecessary as the root issue in the opioid crisis stems from abuse of the drugs not manufacturing itself
  • The service of painkillers is necessary for many patients, therefore regulation of pharmaceutical companies can delay this medicine from getting out to the people who need it
  • Restricting free enterprise will just deter part of the economy from functioning. Studies have found that pharmacies are an integral aspect of local economies. Restriction that comes from regulation will only stifle economic growth

 

 

Useful links:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/lawsuit-pharmaceutical-companies-opioids/529020/

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/video-politico-explains-opioids/

 

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JSA Hosts Chapter Startup Webinar

JSA Hosts Chapter Startup Webinar

Want to start a JSA Chapter? Or curious about what a JSA Chapter does? Then, sign up for JSA’s Chapter Startup Webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20. It will be offered at two times, 6 pm and 9 pm ET.

This webinar outlines the steps to become an official tax-paid chapter and highlight common challenges to the process and how to overcome them. Don’t miss out. Register today.

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National Cabinet Applications Available

National Cabinet Applications Available

The 2017-2018 Council of Governors is accepting applications for the National Cabinet. The Council is seeking ambitious, committed and energetic JSA members willing to work and take JSA to the next level. Serving on the National Cabinet is one of the most rewarding experiences in JSA. If you are interested in applying, click on National Cabinet Application – Final. The Council is seeking the following positions:

  • National Chief of Staff
  • National Director of Debate
  • National Director of Public Relations
  • National Director of Activism
  • National Director of Fight Apathy
  • National Director of Overseas Outreach
  • National Director of Technology
  • National Director of Summer School
  • National Director of Fundraising

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Summer School Accepting RA Applications

Summer School Accepting RA Applications

Do you reminisce about your time at JSA Summer School? JSA is currently accepting applications for Resident Advisors (RA) for its summer school programs at Princeton, Stanford, and Georgetown.

Gain valuable work experience and some cash while having a great time sharing the things you have learned with the next generation of leaders! As you know, JSA Summer School is a transformational experience and we need you to help share it. If you are interested in being an RA, view the job posting here: http://jsa.org/resident-advisor-job-description/.

 Follow these steps to get started on your application:

Click HERE to download the complete job description for a JSA Summer RA.

Click HERE to complete an online application for the position.

The application deadline is June 15th, 2017.

Click HERE for an overview of JSA’s 2017 summer programs and course offerings

 Questions? Contact JSA by email at summer@jsa.org.

 

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Fall State Pricing Guide

Pricing package details for all Fall State conventions are listed below.  Note that these prices apply only to chapters that register online using MyJSA. The paper registration fee is an additional $10 per student.  There is also a late fee of $15 per person for chapters that do not complete their registration by the registration deadline.

Fall State Pricing Package Details 2017

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Southeast
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Ohio River Valley
Sheraton Columbus
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 10

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 17

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 25

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Dec. 2 - 3, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 24

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $240.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $210.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $320.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 7

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $320.00


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