Supply-side predictors of fatal drug overdose in the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA region: 2016–2020

Original research
by
Lowder, Evan M. et al

Release Date

2022

Geography

USA

Language of Resource

English

Full Text Available

No

Open Access / OK to Reproduce

No

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Objective

We examined measures of drug enforcement as predictors of next-year fatal overdose rates in the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (W/B HIDTA).

Findings/Key points

Adjusting for covariates, both the total number of drug seizures and amount of cocaine seized (in dosage units per capita) positively predicted next-year opioid- and fentanyl-involved fatal overdose rates. Disruption to drug-trafficking organizations and money-laundering operations did not significantly predict next-year fatal overdose rates for any outcome.

Design/methods

Mixed-effects models

Keywords

Justice system/law enforcement
Overdose
Mortality
Outcomes
Illegal drugs