Addressing opioid-related overdose is a “wicked problem” – a system of problems: complex, multi-causal, and resistant to solutions. A wide variety of interventions have been employed, including 1) supply-side strategies (e.g., alternatives to opioids, dosing thresholds) and 2) demand-side strategies (e.g., risk management, addiction treatment). While there is no shortage of ideas as to how this might be done, it is important to determine which of these have a greater likelihood of success and focus on that subset as priorities.

Identify strategies that result in a greater likelihood of reducing opioid-related overdose deaths in the short term by leveraging a patient, prescriber, public policy approach at the grassroots level.

Research Agenda:
Our team examines how local governments are responding to the opioid epidemic and the relationship of problem severity to policies being implemented. We are building datasets and models that reach across multiple states.

Research Topics:

  • Local Government Collaborations
  • Policy evaluations


Community Events/Collaborations:

  • 10.10.10 (
  • The Challenge School Wellness Week (2019)
  • Jefferson County Opioid Task Force (2019)
  • Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership (2019)
  • The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Work Groups (2016 – 2019)

Disclaimer Last updated: June 07, 2019

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