The Impact of Legislation and Policies on Prescription Opioid Overdose Rates
Unintentional overdose deaths increased 173% among adults between 1999 and 2010 in the U.S. A primary effort to address the problem has been through state legislation and policy related to opioid prescribing or legal protections for individuals responding to an overdose. Studies have examined the impact of prescription drug monitoring programs on population overdose rates, with mixed findings. To date, there has been no comprehensive evaluation of the impact of relevant laws. The objective of this study will be to examine the impact of enactment of seven specific types of state laws on overdose rates.