Global Health · Model United Nations · World Affairs

The Opioid Crisis: Model UN 2019

The Opioid Crisis is by far one of the most pressing contemporary issues. According to the World Health Organization, in 2016 there were an estimated 27 million people suffering from opioid use disorders around the world. Affordable treatment is often inaccessible for most individuals, and in some way the influence of opioid drugs penetrates all socioeconomic classes and regions of the globe.

Prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opiods, such as fentanyl, are all considered opioids. They are highly addictive for those using them, and as people become dependent on opioids they become more likely to suffer from an overdose.

While opioids including fentanyl have become a serious problem in the United States, the crisis also dominates countries across Africa and the Middle East.

Students participating in our 2019 Model UN conference will be discussing and debating resolutions to address the Opioid Crisis.

See What Researchers and News Outlets Are Saying:

https://pulitzercenter.org/projects/opioid-abuse-us-epidemic-global-pandemic

https://www.apnews.com/bc35b786c7f04be990d3f2ecec4cfa02

https://www.thenation.com/article/gaza-opioid-problem/

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/04/709767408/a-history-of-opioids-in-america

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