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Research Paper

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Presented in this study is an analysis of the Nevada opioid crisis and how a viable solution can impact its severity. It does so in a public policy environment while synthesizing outside sources to support the presented claims. The scope of this study is to present a problem, cause, solution scenario on how to solve this policy problem. This study also takes into consideration Nevada’s current economic state amid the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, this analysis also addresses the history behind the opioid epidemic across the United States and how it is impacting Nevada in present times. The research findings of this study indicate that if inadequate treatment centers is a critical policy problem, and poorly allocated federal funds is the cause of this problem, then the solution is for Nevada to expand federal funds to all opioid treatment centers (OTC) across the state.


Opioid deaths; Substance abuse; Nevada; Public policy


Health Services Research | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Public Administration | Public Policy | Social Statistics | Urban Studies

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All of the files provided in this submission are in PDF format. This research project is composed of a research paper, a reflective essay, a white policy paper, a letter of support, and a cover letter. Note: the white policy paper is used for work on both the state and federal level and is utilized for policy scholars to receive political support from legislative members.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 International License.

Copy of Reflective Essay Calvert Award.pdf (54 kB)
Reflective Research Essay

White Paper Brookings.pdf (1099 kB)
REVISED White Policy Paper

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May 12 2020