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.
A RAND initiative to map the unexplored consequences of America's opioid crisis—and discover big-picture solutions.
Opioid overdoses claim the lives of 130 Americans each day. And yet the devastating effects of the opioid crisis don't stop there.
The social and economic consequences of opioid overdoses and addiction are disrupting human lives and societal systems in ways that have yet to be fully explored—until now.
This RAND research initiative is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary effort to map the contours of America's opioid problems. Our goal is to chart a holistic understanding of the crisis and help inform and create policy solutions.
The uncharted territory of the opioid crisis is comprised of a series of deeply connected systems, including
There are countless ripple effects that occur within these systems, spurring new problems and complicating potential solutions to the opioid crisis.
That's why RAND researchers are adopting a holistic perspective, rather than the siloed approach that has allowed the opioid crisis to worsen.