The original article, “A new initiative targets children of opioid addicts” was written by Sacha Pfeiffer for the Boston Globe. A new program in Massachusetts has been implemented to assist children whose parents struggle with opioid addiction. Funded by the government, the program will finance multiple services, including nutritional, nursing, and educational assistance on a weekly basis to families residing in New Bedford. The program, which is an initiative of the Federal Early Head Start Program, aims to prevent the negative effects on child development that are often attributed to parental drug addiction. This article possesses the characteristic of (geographical) proximity, as far as a sizeable portion of the Globe’s readership is concerned; the initiative is local, and therefore newsworthy, as it is “close to home”. The article also possesses the characteristics of both impact, as well as magnitude. It is impactful, as, according to Pfeiffer, opioids are responsible for killing over 130 people monthly in Massachusetts alone, causing harm to children (of addicts) in the process by way of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and neglect. These facts alone emphasize the need for the program (magnitude), as well as its potential for impact. The article also implements the characteristic of prominence, as it tied in Governor Charlie Baker’s 2016 approval of a law that placed stricter controls on opioids.
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