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The Opioid Epidemic: A Practice and Policy Perspective

Gail D'Onofrio

C.P.R. Policy Brief No. 52

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.

Sponsored by the The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture series, which is jointly sponsored by Syracuse University's 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.

The Center for Policy Research Policy Brief series is a collection of essays on current public policy issues in aging; urban and regional studies; education finance and accountability; public finance; social welfare, poverty, and income security; and related research done by or on behalf of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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