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We’re failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives.

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Javier Zarracina/Vox
Aug 23 2018
Fellow, Research, Stanford

The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history — on track to kill more people over the next decade than currently live in entire American cities like Miami or Baltimore.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday by Stanford researchers Allison Pitt, Keith Humphreys, and Margaret Brandeau, tries to parse out how America can reduce the death toll. Using a mathematical model, the study brings together research and expert opinions to calculate the epidemic’s death toll and how different policy ideas can stem the toll.

Researcher Allison Pitt is a 2013 EDGE-STEM Fellow and EDGE mentor.

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