Opioid Epidemic Studied from an Economic Perspective

Bruce Schackman, Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and affiliated faculty member of CHDS, is leading a major effort to develop and disseminate health economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors that informs substance use disorder treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of substance users. The Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorders, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) is a multi-institutional Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. HSPH Senior Research Scientist Eve Wittenberg has collaborated with Schackman to study the effects of opioid use on individuals’ health related quality of life and family members. This collaborative work expands the reach of CHDS to collaborating institutions involved in CHERISH, including Boston Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania.

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