Opioid use disorders and overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl have become a national public health crisis. Improving our knowledge about how people first come to misuse opioids can help to inform prevention and treatment interventions. This research brief dives into the stories behind opioid use initiation and provides intervention strategies.
Opioid Misuse, Public Health, Drug Use, Substance Use Disorder
Public Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
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This study was funded by the Social Science Research Institute and by the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University (PI: Ashton Verdery).
e Social Science Research Institute and by the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University
Rigg, Khary; Monnat, Shannon M.; McLean, Kate; Verdery, Ashton; and Sterner, Glenn, "The Stories behind the Struggle: A Closer Look at First Experiences with Opioid Misuse" (2019). Population Health Research Brief Series. 148.
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