What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic? Models to Support Good Decisions

11/7/19 | 4:15pm | E51-335
Reception to follow.





Margaret Brandeau

Stanford University

Abstract: The US is currently experiencing an epidemic of drug abuse caused by prescription opioids and illegal opioid use, including heroin. In addition to crime and social problems, rising levels of drug abuse have led to a sharp increase in overdose deaths in the US as well as significant outbreaks of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. How should we deploy limited public health resources to help solve this complex public health problem? This talk describes models to support decision making regarding the control of drug abuse – and associated diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C – in the US. We conclude with discussion of key areas for further research.

Bio: Margaret L. Brandeau is Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering and Professor of Medicine (by Courtesy) at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the development of applied mathematical and economic models to support health policy decisions. Her recent work has examined hospital operations management problems, HIV and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs, and programs to control the opioid epidemic. She is a Fellow of INFORMS and a member of the Omega Rho Honor Society for Operations Research and Management Science. From INFORMS, she has received the Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award, the President’s Award, the Pierskalla Prize (in 2001 and 2017), and the Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. She has also received the Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research  and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, among other awards. Professor Brandeau earned a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Operations Research from MIT, and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford.

Event Time: 

2019 - 16:15