The Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC), based in the Institute for Behavioral Health (IBH) of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, is advancing desperately needed scholarship on interventions to address the opioid addiction epidemic. We serve as a primary resource for state and federal health officials, policymakers and private organizations and play prominent roles in four key areas:

  • Providing Cutting-Edge Research: OPRC generates research to objectively evaluate local, state and national interventions and policies that have been implemented in response to the opioid crisis.
  • Offering Innovative Policy Initiatives: OPRC develops evidence-based guidance and recommendations for a wide range of stakeholders, including federal, state and local government agencies, health care systems, and industry.
  • Serving as a Convener and Collaborator: OPRC brings together researchers, clinicians and policymakers from diverse disciplines to develop coordinated strategies for responding to the opioid addiction epidemic. The Collaborative creates opportunities for university faculty to collaborate with other top researchers in the fields of public health, health services research, epidemiology, addiction treatment, medical education and drug policy. 
  • Communicating Activities, Outcomes and Accomplishments: OPRC shares findings from innovative research and policy initiatives across academic, medical, nonprofit and government fields. OPRC works closely with media outlets to highlight key accomplishments for an even wider audience.

Bridging the Disparities Gap in the Opioid Crisis

In Heller Magazine, Maria Madison and Andrew Kolodny discuss how the prevailing narrative around the opioid addiction epidemic fails to recognize its effects on nonwhite populations.

OPRC in the News

2020 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit annual conference initiated its first 2020 Virtual Experience by live streaming sessions via Zoom April 13-16, 2020.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant awarded to Brandeis researchers

Dr. Cindy Thomas and Dr. Andrew Kolodny are co-PIs of the newly funded Brandeis Opioid Research Clearinghouse project.

Traci Green, Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Testing drugs could be key to preventing overdoses

Boston 25 News sat down with Dr. Traci Green, Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, to discuss how availability of test strips could prevent overdose.

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Taking Aim at America's Opioid Crisis: How OPRC researchers are pointing policymakers in a more effective direction
Read the Heller Magazine article