Associate Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems Hui Zhao, Ph.D. candidate Liang (Leon) Xu, and undergraduate Eric Wang are exploring different treatments of opioid misuse and their efficacy.
Each day, more than 115 Americans die due to overdosing on opioids. Opioid misuse has become a national crisis that devastates U.S. public health, communities, and labor forces. To combat the opioid crisis, the Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SATS) facilities across the country are providing the very much needed treatments and counseling to opioid misusers. The objective of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the different opioid-related treatments provided by these facilities by analyzing the national survey data on SATS facilities, opioid-related hospitalization, and mortality. Their preliminary analysis suggests that the more SATS facilities available in a state would lead to a less mortality rate in the state. Right now, Zhao, Xu, and Wang are conducting more analyses to calibrate and quantify this effect.