This article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding the opioid crisis by describing factors that escalate risk for drug use, addiction, and overdose and proposes six policy strategies to address the epidemic’s root causes and deescalate risk. The framework promotes a comprehensive approach that recognizes the social determinants of health and shifts public policy from punishment to a public health approach.
Funding Source: Milbank Memorial Fund
Situating the Continuum of Overdose Risk in the Social Determinants of Health: A New Conceptual Framework
An article proposing a new policy framework for understanding and addressing the social determinants of health as risk factors for the opioid epidemic