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Social Science Research Institute and by the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University

Description/Abstract

The opioid overdose crisis is a national public health emergency, made much worse in recent years by the widespread emergence of fentanyl – a highly potent synthetic opioid. This research brief summarizes the findings from their research conducted in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2017 and 2018. Results show that the majority of interviewees who use opioids are fearful of and want to avoid fentanyl and would utilize harm reduction strategies such as fentanyl test strips if they were made more widely available.

Document Type

Research Brief

Keywords

opioids, substance use, overdose, fentanyl

Disciplines

Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Substance Abuse and Addiction

Date

7-16-2019

Acknowledgements

The authors thank Alexandra Punch for helpful feedback on previous drafts of this brief.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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