Modeling the Opioid Epidemic in the United States

By Brian Winkel1, Bill Skerbitz2

1. SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA 2. Wayzata High School, Plymouth MN USA

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Bill Skerbitz, Wayzata High School, Plymouth MN USA, passed this along as an idea for a Modeling Scenario.

"When I met with Bev West,  Emerita Ithaca College, Ithaca NY USA, she mentioned that they plan on putting out a special issue of the CODEE journal that is focused on matters of social justice - so on my flight home I thought of a modeling assignment in which one might consider the spread of opiod addiction and the impact of various factors:

- importation through various means (military, family, etc.)

- pharmaceuticals

- prescriptive vs. illicit use

- treatment programs

- punitive measures such as incarceration, etc."

Now Bill is a busy colleague in teaching high school, so he is not so sure he will be able to get to this for his high school differential equaitons course. Thus we pass it along to our SIMIODE community for their consideration.

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  • Brian Winkel; Bill Skerbitz (2018), "Modeling the Opioid Epidemic in the United States,"

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