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Policy Recommendations to End the Opioid and Overdose Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened an existing drug overdose crisis that claimed the lives of more than 81,000 people in the U.S. from May 2019-June 2020. Penn Nursing’s Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN, van Ameringen Chair in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, and Shoshana Aronowitz, PhD, CRNP, a Fellow of the National Clinician Scholars Program, are co-authors on a recent policy brief from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Opioid Working Group that provides evidence-based recommendations for the government to consider in its response.

The co-authors present policies that can have an immediate effect in reducing barriers to prevention, treatment, and recovery services. They are recommending ways to reduce the harm from potent, synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, that are now becoming the major driver of overdose deaths.

Click here to read the policy brief in its entirety. In addition to being a co-author on the policy brief, Janet Weiner, PhD, MPH, provided additional content for this news brief. Please read her Health Policy$ense blog entry about this policy brief.