Research

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February 25, 2019

Fewer hospital programs address opioid abuse, Ohio University study finds

The damage done to America's health by the opioid epidemic is well-recognized and enormous, with drug overdose death rates helping to drive down U.S. life expectancy in recent years. Yet as the problem has worsened, American hospitals collectively have seen a loss of programs dealing with substance abuse.
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January 28, 2019

U.S. News Analysis: The Opioid Crisis Is Here to Stay for Years

An examination of nearly two decades of drug overdose deaths shows that shifts in the year-to-year death toll, marked by relatively predictable peaks and valleys, mask the true magnitude of the opioid epidemic in America, which now appears mired in a deadly new normal for years to come. Trends that seem apparent in hindsight escaped notice for years, with the failure to recognize a climb in deaths at the turn of the millennium – along with a subsequent slowdown – raising a compelling question: Did policymakers, law enforcement and public health officials miss chances to curb the opioid epidemic before it became a full-blown emergency?
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March 8, 2019

Ohio State faculty highlight research on opioid epidemic

Drug users who buy opioids online through the “dark web” seek one particular quality in internet-market dealers – trustworthiness. That key finding from research by sociologists at The Ohio State University may provide an opening for law enforcement to help reduce illegal online drug sales.
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October 27, 2017

Opioids cost Ohio $8.8 billion

As President Trump prepares to declare the opioids crisis a public health emergency, a new report outlines just how expensive that crisis is — in more ways than one. Opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost Ohio from $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to a new report from the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University.
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March 4, 2019

The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run

Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years.
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