RAND-USC Schaeffer Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center (OPTIC)

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The country is suffering through the largest and deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history. The CDC reports more than 50,000 opioid-related deaths for 2019, and deaths appear to be climbing. The estimated economic burden is staggering—nearly $500 billion annually, more than the government spends on health care for the poor each year. Successfully combating the evolving crisis will require meeting unprecedented demands on our public health, health care, public safety, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems.

The RAND-USC Schaeffer Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center (OPTIC) is playing a prominent role in this struggle. Our mission is to be a national resource, fostering innovative research in opioid policy science, and developing and disseminating methods, tools, and information to the research community, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Our work focuses on policy effects at multiple levels, the health care consequences of opioid misuse, and treatment access and effectiveness.

OPTIC is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (P50DA046351) and is a collaborative effort with the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy.

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