Research Grants

Funding For:

A Double-Edged Sword: Evaluating the Role of Telehealth Expansion and Contraction in the US Opioid Crisis

Substance Use


Niam Yaraghi, University of Miami/Brookings Institution

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024



Summary of the Project:

Individuals who visit multiple providers to procure additional opioid prescriptions purchase 4% of all dispensed opioid prescriptions in the US. This team will examine the impact of the expansion and subsequent contraction of telehealth services (due to COVID-19 public health emergency declarations) on opioid prescriptions, rates of doctor shopping, treatments for opioid use disorder, and overdose deaths. The results may inform policymakers, federal agencies and state regulators working on guidelines for the expansion of telehealth services.