Research Grants

Funding For:

The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: Understanding Its Complications and the Effectiveness of State Policies

Prescription Drugs / Substance Use


Stephen Patrick, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2016 - Mar 31, 2018



Summary of the Project:

This NIHCM-funded study will collect information from officials in eight states on their policies aimed at reducing opioid pain reliever (OPR) abuse, examine inpatient and ED data and mortality records to characterize OPR complications, and empirically estimate the impact of state policies on complications. Results are expected to inform additional efforts to mitigate the incidence and consequences of OPR abuse.

Media Coverage

March 01, 2019

"State laws and policies to reduce opioid-related harm: A qualitative assessment of PDMPs and naloxone programs in ten U.S. States"

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Author: Whitmore CC, White MN, Buntin MB, Fry CE, Calamari, K, Patrick SW, Preventive Medicine Reports

January 29, 2019

"Association Among County-Level Economic Factors, Clinician Supply, Metropolitan or Rural Location, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome"

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Author: Patrick SW, Faherty LJ, Dick AW, et al., JAMA