Deaths from opioid-use disorders (OUDs) have become a major drug issue in the United States. Further, the crisis is in constant flux as the type of opioids have changed. The so-called first wave included prescription opioids starting in the late 1990s, followed by heroin second wave in 2010, and the current third wave that include synthetic opioids and mixes of all three drugs.
This free webinar will explore research that seeks to identify OUD mortality clusters by type of drug at the county level; and to describe the socioeconomic and spatial correlates of these clusters. Regression analysis suggests certain classes are driven by four trajectories: the rural left behind, polarized large cities, declining micropolitans, and suburban drug use.