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J Law Med Ethics. 2018 Jun;46(2):367-381. doi: 10.1177/1073110518782946.

State Responses to the Opioid Crisis.

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Andrew M. Parker is a student at Yale Law School. His research interests include public policy innovation and evaluation in state and local government. Daniel Strunk is a student at Yale Law School. He plans to clerk after graduation and pursue a career in public service. David A. Fiellin, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Public Health at Yale where he directs the Program in Addiction Medicine. His research is focused on implementing addiction treatment in general medical settings.


This paper focuses on the most common state policy responses to the opioid crisis, dividing them into six broad categories. Within each category we highlight the rationale behind the group of policies within it, discuss the details and support for individual policies, and explore the research base behind them. The objective is to better understand the most prevalent state responses to the opioid crisis.


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