Oklahoma Wanted $17 Billion To Fight Its Opioid Crisis: What's The Real Cost?

Batten Professor of Public Policy and Economics Christopher Ruhm

The state's plan — and the basis of that $17 billion ask — was looking at abatement for the next three decades.

That 30-year plan was authored by Christopher Ruhm, a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Virginia. He says you can easily get into the billions when you consider the costs of dealing with this epidemic in the long term.

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