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The Opioid Epidemic: A Practice and Policy Perspective

Gail D'Onofrio

September 2017


The author talks about the escalating opioid epidemic and some innovative solutions the author and her colleagues at Yale University and throughout the state of Connecticut, are working on to mitigate the consequences of this public health crisis. According to the recent data released from The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20.1 million Americans age 12 and over reported having a substance use disorder; two million specifically related to opioid use disorders in 2016. A total of 11.8 million people aged 12 or older reported a past year opioid misuse. Of these, 8 percent used heroin and 92 percent reported pain reliever misuse only.

This report is sponsered by The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture series, which is jointly sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc. and is administered by the Center for Policy Research and The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health.

The Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University supports policy-relevant research and disseminates knowledge that enables leaders to make informed policy decisions and provide effective solutions to critical challenges in our local region, state, country and across the world.

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