“The Stanford–Lancet Commission on the North American Opioid Crisis was formed in response to soaring opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the USA and Canada over the past 25 years. The Commission is supported by Stanford University and brings together diverse Stanford scholars and other leading experts across the USA and Canada, with the goals of understanding the opioid crisis, proposing solutions to the crisis domestically, and attempting to stop its spread internationally. Unlike some other Lancet Commissions, this one focuses on a long-entrenched problem that has already been well characterised, including in several reviews by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This Commission therefore focused on developing a coherent, empirically grounded analysis of the causes of, and solutions, to the opioid crisis.

Since 1999 more than 600,000 people in the USA and Canada have died from opioid overdose and a staggering 1.2 million more are estimated to die due to overdose by 2029. The Stanford-Lancet Commission  was formed in response to the soaring opioid-related morbidity and mortality that the USA and Canada have experienced by analyzing the state of the opioid crisis and proposing solutions to it domestically while attempting to stop its spread internationally. The Commissions identifies where renewed commitment to reform and progress must be made, including regulation, healthcare and treatment, the criminal justice system, prevention, innovation to the opioid response, and curtailing the global spread of the epidemic.”

More on Responding to the opioid crisis in North America and beyond: recommendations of the Stanford–Lancet Commission via The Lancet.

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