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Using Policy Tools to Improve Population Health — Combating the U.S. Opioid Crisis

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  • Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P.,
  • and Brendan Saloner, Ph.D.

Policy has been critical to achieving major public health advances, including in tobacco control, maternal and child health, and injury prevention. The opioid crisis illustrates five steps essential for using policy to produce substantial gains in population health.

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This article was published on November 27, 2021, at

Author Affiliations

From the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, Ithaca, NY (C.L.B.); and the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore (B.S.).

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