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Iowa: Researchers Release New Policy Recommendations to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths

The University of Iowa’s Injury Prevention Research Center (UI IPRC) has released a new report highlighting policy and program recommendations to reduce opioid overdose deaths in rural Iowa.

In 2017, the UI IPRC convened a group of stakeholders to consider actions to address the opioid crisis. Health care providers, law enforcement officers, public health officials, and others developed a list of priorities that lawmakers and policy makers could consider. Some of those priorities were included in a new state law passed in 2018.

This past fall, the IPRC convened a second group of stakeholders to consider important next steps the state and communities can take in response to the latest developments. The report, Policy and Program Recommendations to Reduce Overdose Deaths in Rural Iowa, identified the five most important priorities:

According to Dr. Carri Casteel, associate professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa and associate director for research at the IPRC, some communities and organizations in Iowa are already taking steps to address the crisis locally that could be used as models for others, but much more needs to be done.

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