2017 State of the Commonwealth Report
Opioid-related deaths have skyrocketed in the Commonwealth and the United States. Almost three-quarters of those who abuse opioids start with a legitimate prescription. We investigate the rise of fentanyl as the primary cause of overdose fatalities and compare opioid practices in the United States with other industrialized countries. We estimate the costs of the opioid crisis and ask what steps can be taken to help those currently addicted and to prevent future deaths.
Center for Economic Analysis and Policy, Old Dominion University, "Part 3: The Scourge of Opioids in the Commonwealth" (2017). State of the Commonwealth Reports. 13.