CERL releases report on veterans and opioid crisis

Professor Claire Finkelstein directs the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

Professor Claire Finkelstein directs the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania has issued a new report highlighting the connection between two crises in the United States: the epidemic of widespread opioid abuse and the mental health challenges facing veterans of recent combat deployments. 

The report, titled “The Intersection of Opioid Overuse and Veteran Mental Health Challenges,” provides an overview of the opioid crisis in the veteran population, examines the over-prescription of opioids in the Veteran’s Administration and other care providers, and identifies in particular the dangers of prescribing opioids to individuals with PTSD. The report provides recommendations for the reform of practice and policy to address the serious difficulties produced at the intersection of veterans’ mental health issues and the opioid addiction crisis. 

 

Read the full report here.