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While addiction to opioids kills more Americans every year, the purpose of this report is to assess the extent of the problem in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, and to propound ways in which local policy can help. A geospatial analysis of opioid demand nationally, regionally, and locally explains how the epidemic is diffusing, where divides exist in terms of access to treatment, and the differential effects of opioids driving this crisis. By tracking opioid-related prescriptions, hospital admissions, and deaths, the results show that opioid demand in the Las Vegas metro has decreased but remains well above the national average.
Opioids; Fentanyl; Heroin; Opioid epidemic; Crisis; Las Vegas, Nevada
Health Policy | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Policy | Urban Studies
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Solano-Patricio, E. D.
A City on the Front Lines of an Epidemic: The Opioid Crisis in Las Vegas.
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