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Networks, Regulation, and the Cessation of Professional Deviance in the Prescription Opioid Crisis

March 9 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty:

Speaker: Victoria Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Human Resources, University of Wisconsin–Madison

More than two million Americans are living with an opioid addiction. Because the risk of opioid misuse and abuse increases with the intensity of the initial opioid prescription, states have begun introducing opioid prescribing regulations targeted towards reducing physicians’ prescribing practices. This presentation will examine how the social networks of physicians drive variation in regulatory compliance. Findings point to visibility and reputation concerns as key drivers for regulatory compliance and suggest several network-based interventions to increase the efficacy of regulations and taper the prescription drug epidemic.

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