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School of Health Sciences


Biology: Biomedical Sciences


opioid, epidemic, affordable care act, healthcare, Medicaid expansion


Medical Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Public Health


Despite the recent increase in public awareness of the opioid epidemic, the background of this epidemic is still disappointingly unknown to the public. The opioid epidemic is a national crisis which impacts, not only individuals’ wellbeing but the economy of the United States. The federal government sought to mitigate it through the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Medicaid expansion, which was built into this law, sparked controversy; controversy which has yet to be solved to this day. Going forward, the knowledge we gather from examining the connection between this epidemic and the Medicaid expansion will be indispensable, for it is from studying prior successes and failures that we learn to improve.