A Look at the Underlying Causes of the Opioid Crisis

A Look at the Underlying Causes of the Opioid Crisis

Publication date: May 14, 2019

Fortunately, Trump Administration actions to expand treatment, reduce new demand for opioids, and curtail the supply of drugs may be paying off as opioid-involved overdose deaths begin to level off.

In order to guide policies that address the root causes of the epidemic, last week, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, -The Role of Prices in the Evolving Opioid Crisis,” that provides new insights into some of the factors that drove the epidemic.

CEA finds that the 81 percent reduction in out-of-pocket prices for prescription opioids contributed to between 31 and 83 percent of the rise in overdose deaths involving prescription opioids during the first wave of the opioid epidemic between 2001 and 2010.

In addition, the report emphasizes that falling prices could not explain a substantial portion of the rise in deaths without increased availability of prescription opioids due to liberalized prescribing practices, illicit -pill mills,” deceptive marketing, and inadequate controls.

Concepts Keywords
CEA Drug overdose
Epidemic Fentanyl
Fentanyl Heroin
Inadequate Medical emergencies
Medical Prescription Morphine
Opioid Euphoriants
Opioid Epidemic Drugs
Opioid Overdose Psychoactive drugs
Opioids RTT
Overdose Deaths Opioids
Pain
President Trump
Trump Administration
Unintended Consequence

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease DOID opioid abuse
drug DRUGBANK Fentanyl
disease MESH opioid abuse
disease MESH growth
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide
gene UNIPROT PSG2
gene UNIPROT CEACAM3
gene UNIPROT WASF1
gene UNIPROT CEACAM5
disease MESH substance use disorders
gene UNIPROT TLR4
disease MESH multiple
disease MESH suffering
gene UNIPROT LARGE1
disease MESH communities
disease MESH death

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