del Pozo, B., Sightes, E., Kang, S. et al. Can touch this: training to correct police officer beliefs about overdose from incidental contact with fentanyl. Health Justice 9, 34 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40352-021-00163-5
A collaboration between the RISD Center for Complexity
and the Rhode Island COBRE on Opioids and Overdose
del Pozo, B., Sightes, E., Goulka, J. et al. Police discretion in encounters with people who use drugs: operationalizing the theory of planned behavior. Harm Reduct J 18, 132 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-021-00583-4
A consensus document I had a hand in authoring with police and researchers from around the country.
In 2014, as Vermont's Governor Peter Shumlin delivered a courageous state of the state address about the grip of the opioid overdose crises, doctors were prescribing more opioid analgesics than ever before. Despite requests for more transparency in their prescribing practices, and the existence of a state database that would make prescribing trends available to the public (and give doctors a perspective on where they stood), the practices of the medical profession in Vermont remained opaque. Looking for data, we found an incredibly detailed cache of Medicare prescribing data on a federal website, including for every type of opioid. We analyzed it and found some doctors were prescribing extraordinary amounts of opioid, all the trends were going in the wrong direction, and Vermont was a statistical outlier compared to the rest of New England.