Global trends, local harms: Availability of fentanyl-type drugs on the dark web and accidental overdoses in Ohio

Usha Lokala, Francois Lamy, Raminta Daniulaityte, Amit Sheth, Ramzi W. Nahhas, Jason Roden, Robert Carlson, Shweta Yadav

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Abstract

As America's opioid crisis has become an epidemic of epidemics, Ohio has been identifiedas one of the high burden states regarding IMF-related overdose mortality. Hence, theneed for the study of drug abuse and responsive prevention plays a considerable rolein providing reliable and timely information to public health professionals. Ours is thefirst study to collect and analyze data on fentanyl and other synthetic opioid availabilityon cryptomarkets and to examine the association between local opioid-related overdosedeath trends. The main aims of the study are to compare and analyze the relationshipbetween trends in availability of synthetic opioids on dark web and patterns of opioidrelated overdoses in Ohio. We believe the hypothesis that monitoring the trends in illicitopioid supply and availability in cryptomarkets offers a valuable source of information forepidemiological surveillance by providing timely data regarding emerging substances andproduct forms. In this study, we present several statistics of availability of fentanyl drugsand its analogs. Also, We show the correlation between the availability of substancesand overdose responses in Cincinnati fire department and Montgomery County CoronersOffice Data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, BRiMS 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2018Jul 13 2018

Conference

Conference2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, BRiMS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period7/10/187/13/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Modeling and Simulation

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