Drug Policy Research Center Hot Topic: Heroin and Other Opioids

The RAND Drug Policy Research Center is a non-partisan research center dedicated to providing objective analysis and research to decisionmakers. We do not have an official policy position on opioid use and more generally RAND does not advocate for or against legislation at any level of government.

For 30 years, RAND researchers have published articles and studies that will be useful for those making decisions about policies related to opioids. Here we summarize some of these studies and provide links to the publications (some journal articles may require subscription). This is not an exhaustive list of RAND's opioid-related publications and we encourage readers to visit the DPRC homepage for more information.

Featured Research



  • Katherine E. Watkins was commended for her work on helping to improve access to opioid addiction treatment.


    Improving Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment

    Sep 1, 2018

    Treatment for opioid addiction and other substance use disorders often exists apart from primary care. It's also difficult to access and under-resourced. In response to these challenges, RAND's Katherine Watkins developed an innovative approach to addiction treatment through primary care settings.

Research Categories:

Treatment and Prescribing

Consumption and Opioid Use Disorder

Policy, Law, and Regulation

Economics of Opioids and Supply

Prevention and Interventions

Harm Reduction