The State of the Science in Opioid Policy Research

Key Takeaways:

  • The researchers conducted a sweeping review of U.S. opioid policy evaluation studies from 2005–2018.
  • In total, 145 studies were reviewed: 21% examined federal policies, 79% state policies.
  • The majority of studies evaluated policies related to prescription opioids.
  • Their results indicated that study design rigor varied notably across policy categories.
  • The researchers conclude that greater adoption of more rigorous study designs and statistical methods is warranted.


Full study available here.

Citation: Schuler, M. S., Heins, S. E., Smart, R., Griffin, B. A., Powell, D., Stuart, E. A., … & Stein, B. D. (2020). The State of the Science in Opioid Policy Research. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108137.