Studying the Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Social Support Services
The Arizona Governor has declared opioid abuse an epidemic and has dedicated resources to better understand how opioid abuse is affecting state communities. However, there are no studies planned that will research how opioid abuse is affecting use of social support services in the state. This project will conduct several interrelated studies, which will include: examining the spatial dependence of individual datasets, including opioid mortality rates and use of social support services, using exploratory spatial data analysis; correlation analyses using scatterplot charts; and multiple regression analysis using spatial econometric regression models. These studies will provide an understanding of how opioids may be affecting the state's social support programs, which will be represented by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants and children active in foster care. The project will include both Arizona-specific and national level studies, which will allow Arizona to be compared to national trends.