Title

Understanding Risk Factors in Opioid Addiction in Franklin County, Ohio

Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

Committee Chair

Andy Igonor

Committee Member

Leslie Mathew

Committee Member

Alynica Bowen

Abstract

The opioid epidemic in the United States is responsible for thousands of overdoses annually. Recent data from the CDC (2017) deduces that there have been 115,186 opioid-related mortalities from 2010-2015 in the U.S., which is in the region of approximately 23,000 patients on an annual basis, equating to nearly 2,000 deaths per month and close to 64 deaths each day (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Many studies demonstrate the causes, longevity, death rates, along with treatment approaches. While all of the subtopics mentioned above are of significant value, the focus on prevention significantly lacks in comparison. Given the widespread issue, further research focusing on data analytics to identify key disposition factors is critical to affecting change by way of policy and prevention. It is essential for the overall population, along with upcoming generations, that the country is aware and providing education to young adults about the potential hazards associated with the crippling effects of opioid addiction. Addiction is a multifaceted diagnosis and requires appropriate analysis to determine why individuals become addicted and how addiction can be avoided in the future.

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