Averting Damage from the Opioid Crisis in California

The opioid crisis in California has worsened significantly every year since overdose deaths peaked in 2009, leading to increasing hospitalizations and deaths from opioid overdoses. This research project conducts a qualitative analysis of archival research data to examine the underlying causes of opioid addiction or abuse throughout California. PubMed Central (PMC)’s database was used to find peer-reviewed scholarly articles relating to the opioid crisis. Common barriers to combating the opioid overdose epidemic were found to include geographic and socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and racial disparities. State-level policies and primary and secondary interventions should address these barriers. From analyzing the literature, I present recommendations on how to alleviate the opioid epidemic.