Plan B - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Biology and Microbiology
One of the more pressing issues in modern day health care is the nationwide heath care crisis known as the opioid epidemic. The beginning of this literature review will focus on the history of opioid use and early prescription rates, as well as the summary and definitions of the drugs involved in the current opioid epidemic. The review then shifts to the pathophysiology of addiction involving the activation of opioid receptors and opioid use disorder. The main focus of this literature review is the societal impacts of the opioid epidemic, making special reference to the economic burden and effects on Rural America. The conclusion of this review offers some insight into possible solutions of combating the current opioid epidemic.
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South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2020 Holly J. Goehring
Goehring, Holly J., "A Social Review of the Opioid Epidemic: The History, Pathophysiology, and Effects on Rural America" (2020). Biology and Microbiology Graduate Students Plan B Research Projects. 23.