Aug 29, 2019
The rise of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids is unlike any drug crisis in U.S. history. Limiting policy responses to existing approaches will likely be insufficient and may condemn many people to early deaths.
COVID-19 moved substance use issues and drug overdose deaths from front-page headlines, but emerging evidence suggests America’s drug problems have intensified since the pandemic started. RAND research shows that limiting policy responses to traditional methods for addressing drug problems will be insufficient and condemn many more people to early deaths.
In this RAND Remote presentation, Beau Kilmer discusses how RAND is identifying and evaluating innovative approaches to tackle some of our most pressing drug problems and help strengthen and safeguard communities. He talks about ideas ranging from using sewage water as an early warning system for drug outbreaks to revoking someone’s “license to drink.” Kilmer is introduced by Andrew R. Hoehn, RAND's Senior Vice President for Research and Analysis.