The Role of State Emergency Powers in Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A Case Study in Lessons Learned

Jeffrey Locke & Lauren Dedon

The United States remains embroiled in a national opioid epidemic. “More than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a [two]-fold increase in a decade.” From 1999 to 2016, more than 350,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

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