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Problem Title: The Opioid Crisis

  Year: 2019      
  Student Level: Undergraduate      
  Source: MCM      
  Commentary: No      
  Student Papers: Yes (6)      

The Opioid Crisis

Problem Notes:
The NFLIS data set provided was extracted from a much larger data set involving the five (5) states noted using "Narcotic Analgesics" and "Heroin" reports as the target. The variable DrugReports indicates the number of identified drug cases corresponding to these target search topics in each county of each state. The variable TotalDrugReportsCounty shows the total number of ALL identified drug cases in a county, of which 'Narcotic Analgesics' and 'Heroin' are a part, if they occurred. Because 'Narcotic Analgesics' and 'Heroin' are only two of many types of controlled substances, the sum of DrugReports will not necessarily equal TotalDrugReportsCounty for a specific county in a state for each reported year. Similarly, the variable TotalDrugReportsState indicates the total of all drug reports for the state noted. However, since the database query was targeting 'Narcotic Analgesics' and 'Heroin' only, if a county had no such identified drug cases but had numerous drug cases of other types, the county will not appear in this dataset. Thus, the sum of all TotalDrugReportsCounty for all counties in a state shown in this dataset for a particular year will not necessarily equal TotalDrugReportsState. All three variable values shown in the dataset are accurate.

Additional variables derived from the data provided is acceptable. Map data (coordinates, distances, adjacency of counties and states) is acceptable from outside sources. Additional explanatory or response variables from other sources are not acceptable.

Tennessee data: The data set was altered to include Pennsylvania to replace Tennessee. Use the Pennsylvania data.




  Student Papers      

Team 1900577: The Gravity of the Opioid Crisis

University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA


Team 1901213: Take Me Home: Preventing Journeys Down the Opioid Addiction Road

University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA


Team 1901679: Random Walks and Rehab: Analyzing the Spread of the Opioid Crisis

University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA


Team 1906204: Analysis of the opioid crisis and strategies

ShanghaiTech University, China


Team 1909434: The Opioid Crisis

Sichuan University, China


Team 1922154: The Current Status, Future and Strategy of Opioid

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China