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.
opioids, substance use, overdose, fentanyl
Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Substance Abuse and Addiction
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The authors thank Alexandra Punch for helpful feedback on previous drafts of this brief.
Social Science Research Institute and by the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University
McLean, Kate; Monnat, Shannon M.; Rigg, Khary; Sterner, Glenn; and Verdery, Ashton, "Understanding Opioid Users’ Views on Fentanyl could help Reduce Overdoses" (2019). Population Health Research Brief Series. 88.
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