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Monnat uses data visualization in latest study on opioid crisis

Feb 17, 2020

Visualizing Age, Period, and Cohort Patterns of Substance Use in the U.S. Opioid Crisis

Ashton M. Verdery, Kira England, Alexander Chapman, Liying Luo, Katherine McLean & Shannon Monnat

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, February 2020

Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat


"Visualizing Age, Period, and Cohort Patterns of Substance Use in the U.S. Opioid Crisis," co-authored by Shannon Monnat, was published in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. The authors provide heatmap visualizations of estimated annual rates of past-year substance use, rather than overdose deaths, for prescription pain relievers and heroin. Whereas descriptions of the U.S. opioid crisis tend to focus on period dynamics, these visualizations indicate that cohort patterns of drug use are also evident in addition to well-known age variation. A substantive focus on cohort patterns highlights the possibility that cohorts of people who use drugs may remain at risk for overdose in the years to come. These findings suggest that policies aimed only at restricting opioid availability may have limited effects. 02/17/20

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