More than 90,000 Americans died of a drug overdose during 2020 with most of those deaths attributable to opioids. In partnership with several community health centers, C2C researchers developed an opioid buyback program and are testing its effectiveness at reducing the amount of opioids flowing into low-income communities.

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    • Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Rigorous Research, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
      • An interview with Dr. Modestino, this feature regards her study on the return and disposal of prescription opioids. Discussed are the study’s creation, Dr. Modestino’s motivation for the study, and the sourcing and role of partners in the research.
    • How Opioid Overdoses Reached Crisis Levels. EconoFact​.
      • This feature describes the source and current state of the opioid epidemic, which has caused opioid-related deaths to increase over 70% in less than 25 years. Delving into the history of the epidemic, it describes the impacts of the crisis, and goes on to project its outcomes, as well.
    • The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation. Freakonomics​.
      • The first part of a two-part series on opioids, this episode discusses the history of the opioid crisis, fraught with government subsidies and massive profit margins.
    •  The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: It’s Not a Death Sentence. Freakonomics​.
      • The second part of a two-part series, this episode discusses how to balance the addictive and therapeutic qualities of the drugs, as well as the drug with the potential to massively mitigate the crisis.

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