Research Agenda:

Our team believes many barriers exist and need to be understood to enable the development of robust policies and programmatic infrastructure when solving “wicked problems” – a system of problems: complex, multi-causal, and resistant to solutions, and building healthy communities.  In our effort to identify strategies, we examine the challenges local governments face to help facilitate a pathway forward.  This includes understanding the relationship of problem severity to policies being implemented. In addition, we are building datasets and models that reach across the United States.  We believe a coordinated multipronged approach is needed and select research topics in order to create a patchwork of solutions.

Research Topics:

  • Local government policy program activities in response to the opioid crisis, and the impact of COVID-19
  • The impact of state-level prescribing policies on opioid-related overdose death rates
  • Comparison of policy and program activities to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and related overdose death across urban and rural areas
  • Opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing, tapering, and healing


  • Swann, W. L., Schreiber, T. L., Wright, S. L., Davis, M. W., Kim, S., Kim, S. Y., & Lamiotte, M. (2020). Local Policy and Programmatic Activity to Address the US Opioid Crisis: A Cross-Sectional Survey of County Governments. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP.
  • Swann, W. L., Kim, S., Kim, S. Y., & Schreiber, T. L. (2020). Urban‐Rural Disparities in Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Response Activities: A Cross‐Sectional Analysis. The Journal of Rural Health.
  • Wright SL. Limited utility for benzodiazepines in chronic pain management: a narrative review. Adv Ther. 2020;37: 2604-2619. DOI: 10.1007/s12325-020-01354-6
  • John F. Peppin, Joseph V. Pergolizzi (Jr.), Robert B. Raffa, Steven L. Wright. The Benzodiazepines Crisis: An Overview of the Down-side of an Overused Drug Class (Oxford University Press, 2020).


Community Events/Collaborations:

  • A Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) funded project with the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE); Conejos, Crowley, and Otero Counties; the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC); and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (2020-2022)
  • A University of Colorado Office of Research Services (ORS) funded project with West Chester University and the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs (2020-2021)
  • Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership (2019-2020)
  • Jefferson County Substance Use Partnership (2019-2020)
  • Benzo-Wise Colorado and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (2019-2020)
  • 10.10.10 ( (2019)
  • Challenge School Wellness Week (2019)
  • Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Work Groups (2016 -2020)

Disclaimer Last updated: June 07, 2019

The information contained on website is for general information purposes only. The Schreiber Research Group does not take a policy position and reserves the right to make additions, deletions, or modification to the contents at any time without prior notice.