November 09, 2018

Dynamic Policies Needed to Address the Opioid Epidemic

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog discussed how research has shown that once a given policy is in place, the effectiveness of a policy is time-dependent. For example, the expansion of access to naloxone and certain medication-assisted treatments will increase life years within the study period. However, these policies will only assist people already addicted. The study used a predictive model that showed this result to be the case for other prevalent services for opioid-addicted individuals, and suggested that policies must be ever evolving and should involve prevention efforts as well.