Spring 2024 Health Policy and Management P8594 section 001

Addressing the Opioid Crisis


Call Number 17420
Day & Time
W 1:00pm-3:50pm
To be announced
Points 1.5
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Andrew Kolodny
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Over the past 20 years, the U.S. experienced a sharp increase in the prevalence of opioid addiction which has led to record high levels of opioid-related overdose deaths, increasing use of heroin and fentanyl, rising rates of infants born opioid dependent, children entering foster care, outbreaks of injection-related infectious diseases and other health and social problems. Efforts by county, state and federal health officials, health care systems and other stakeholders have thus far failed to reduce the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths.
This course will explore the scope of the opioid crisis, its historical context, contributing factors, and lines of evidence indicating the role of addiction in exacerbating morbidity and mortality. We will examine 1) past opioid addiction epidemics, 2) the campaign launched by opioid manufacturers to increase opioid prescribing, 3) the regulatory role of the Food and Drug Administration and state medical boards, 4) opioid prescribing practices 5) treatment of opioid addiction and 6) lessons from the opioid crisis that can be applied to other complex public health challenges. We will also analyze and critique public health and legislative interventions to address the crisis.
Students will be asked to consider public health interventions to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality utilizing primary, secondary, and tertiary opioid addiction prevention strategies. Students will play the role of a state health official introducing a new effort to respond to an aspect of the opioid crisis. Students will have an opportunity to explain their proposal to their governor in a policy memo and to the public in an Op-Ed.
Web Site Vergil
Department Health Policy & Management
Enrollment 37 students (40 max) as of 12:06PM Thursday, July 18, 2024
Subject Health Policy and Management
Number P8594
Section 001
Division School of Public Health
Section key 20241HPMN8594P001