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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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October National Debate Topic: Bump Stocks

October National Debate Topic: Bump Stocks

The National Debate topic for October is: Resolved, Congress pass legislation banning the production and sale of bump fire stocks.

Tragedy marked October 1st, 2017 as the lives of 58 Americans perished in just a few minutes. Reports indicate that this mass shooting in Las Vegas was the deadliest in the United States history because the shooter used bump stocks. Perpetrator Stephen Paddock legally purchased 12 bump fire stocks to attach to his semi-automatic weapons to simulate automatic fire.Although automatic weapons are illegal for civilian purchase in the US, the addition of bump stocks to semi-automatic weapons does not alter these weapons into automatic rifles. Instead, bump stocks allow for the instant recoiling of weapons and allow for a seemingly perpetual fire of ammunition.

In the past, the National Rifle Association has relentlessly advocated for rifle parts. However, the Las Vegas tragedy has demanded the review of the legality of bump fire stocks. Congress yet again must grapple with whether to introduce gun legislation that deters the use of guns and rifle parts or not. As technology develops, how has the protection of the Second Amendment adapted with it? Is the bipartisan support of the outlaw of the bump fire stocks the beginning of massive gun law reform?

Only time will tell.

Pro Arguments:

  • Precedence has shown that the Second Amendment is not limited to its wording in the constitution through cases like U.S. vs. Miller.
  • The actions of Stephen Paddock has proven that the damage that can come from the use of Bump Fire Stocks is significant enough to pose a risk to domestic security
  • Bump stocks are just a loophole to the National Firearms Act that bans gun behavior that clearly mimics the effect of bump fire stocks. This proves that they are in violation of existing federal law.

Con Arguments:

  • Drafting legislation on gun control has the potential of “overreaching” and restricting more than just bump stocks as stated by the NRA
  • The fundamental liberties expressed in the Second Amendment specifically prohibits the infringement of the right to bear arms. This legislation would deter and infringe on this right
  • Bump fire stocks do not transform guns mechanically into semi-automatic weapons and therefore are legal for production and consumption in the US.

Additional resources:

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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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