English 315: Professional & Technical Writing
Syringe Exchange Program 1 September 14, 2018
TO: Michael, Reva, ENGL 315 Students
FROM: Ashley Mackovic, ENGL 315 Student
DATE: September 14, 2018
SUBJECT: Syringe Exchange Program
This memorandum is a review on the Syringe Exchange Program. I am going to recommend this to my community of Minot, North Dakota. This memorandum gives structure to how my formal report will be organized.
Topic Description: Drug abuse is among the community of Minot. My concern is for those who use needles for this addiction. They share needles among other drug abusers which is dangerous. Sharing needles with other people causes the risk of getting bloodborne pathogens. That cause diseases such as, hepatitis, and HIV. This program sets up locations were clean needles are provided for free. Additionally, there will be nurses to provide resources to the drug abusers. Directing them to addiction services to help them recover.
Report Type: I will be writing a recommendation report. I decided to do a recommendation report to promote more information on this program. This program is not widely known but has benefits. I want to cover these benefits in my report. Persuading my audience to implement this program.
Your Audience: I will be writing this report to the executive officer Lisa Clute. She works in Minot at the First District Health Unit. First District treats many patients but, they also provide programs to advocate health. I chose Lisa because she has the education to understand this program. Additionally, appending how this program can work in Minot.
My Job Position: My job is a nurse at the First District Health Unit. Part of my job includes the concerns for community health. Therefore, I believe the Syringe Exchange Program will aid in keeping Minot healthy.
Report and Reflection on Scholarly Research
• Safe Consumption Sites
• Public Support
• Safe Injection Site
· Academic Search Premier
Results: Comment by Allan Ngulube: Make it Bold Comment by Allan Ngulube:
McGinty, E. E., Barry, C. L., Stone, E. M., Niederdeppe, J., Kennedy-Hendricks, A., Linden, S., & Sherman, S. G. (2018). Public support for safe consumption sites and syringe services programs to combat the opioid epidemic. Preventive Medicine, 11173-77. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.02.026
· This reference is an article on Academic Search Premier. This article has many citations in the paragraphs. Additionally, this article is also written by authors who are in the field of public health. This article will help express the benefits of my program.
Rynor, B. (2007). Clement seeks safe injection site study. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal Supplement, 176(13), 1813-1803. doi:10.1503/cmaj.070670.
· I found this on Academic Search Premier. This article is about research being done on the syringe exchange program. It will help me understand its effectiveness among a community. I believe because of its research component it’s scholarly.
MACNEIL, J., & PAULY, B. (2011). Needle exchange as a safe haven in an unsafe world. Drug & Alcohol Review, 30(1), 26-32. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00188.
· I acquired this article on Academic Search Premier. I believe this article is scholarly from the author affiliations with nursing school.
My search was conflicted with my search at first. I wasn’t sure about finding different knowledge about the program. Since this program is not very popular worldwide. Books were hard to find on this topic. I used articles for my main references in Academic Search Premier. I was not getting many appropriate articles. However, using a keyword in one of my previous references. I was able to find more articles about the syringe exchange program.
Report and Reflection on Credible Internet Sources
· Unsafe needles Comment by Allan Ngulube: Not bold Comment by Allan Ngulube:
· Minot needle program
· Syringe exchange program
Google Comment by Allan Ngulube: Bullet points Comment by Allan Ngulube:
First, I was searching for this program in Minot. There was a page that gave some information on the syringe exchange program. However, it was not very helpful on gathering details for it. I did an over search for the program. I had more websites that explained how the program worked.
I was having a hard time finding lots of information on Ask.com. I only got websites that listed the dangers of using a used needle. This was not the information I wanted to find. I wanted to find more details about the program. Bing had the most websites for syringe program.
Questions for Peers
1. Are there other key word I could use?
2. Do you agree on my audience?
3. Do my resources look scholarly?
Thank you for taking the time to read my memorandum.