Synopsis of The Future of Fentanyl and other Synthetic Opioids,
a Report by the RAND Corporation
In August 2019, the RAND Corporation (RAND) published an extensive, 265 page report on fentanyl entitled, The Future of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids (the Report). According to RAND, the purpose of the Report is to: (1) provide a “systematic assessment of the past, present, and possible futures of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids” in the United States; and (2) provide policymakers “with insights that might improve their understanding of and responses to this problem.” The report contains a wealth of valuable information and analysis for state policymakers to consider; digesting a report of this size, however, is a substantial undertaking.
Considering the importance of the Report, the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA) designed this Fact Sheet to assist policymakers’ understanding of the Report by distilling key aspects into readily digestible paragraphs.