Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: Understanding Its Complications and the Effectiveness of State Policies

Stephen Patrick, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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January 01, 2016
March 31, 2018
$57,072

This NIHCM-funded study will collect information from officials in eight states on their policies aimed at reducing opioid pain reliever (OPR) abuse, examine inpatient and ED data and mortality records to characterize OPR complications, and empirically estimate the impact of state policies on complications. Results are expected to inform additional efforts to mitigate the incidence and consequences of OPR abuse.