The opioid crisis: need for systems science research

Citation:

Jalali MS, Botticelli M, Hwang R, Koh HK, McHugh RK. The opioid crisis: need for systems science research. Health Research Policy and Systems 2020;18(88)
The opioid crisis: need for systems science research

Abstract:

The opioid epidemic in the United States has had a devastating impact on millions of people as well as on their families and communities. The increased prevalence of opioid misuse, use disorder and overdose in recent years has highlighted the need for improved public health approaches for reducing the tremendous harms of this illness. In this paper, we explain and call for the need for more systems science approaches, which can uncover the complexities of the opioid crisis, and help evaluate, analyse and forecast the effectiveness of ongoing and new policy interventions. Similar to how a stream of systems science research helped policy development in infectious diseases and obesity, more systems science research is needed in opioids.