Dissertation Presentation by Emily Behar, MS, PhD(c)


9:00 to 10:00 am

UCSF Mission Bay Campus 
Genentech Hall, N-114 
600 16th Street, San Francisco CA  94158

Live stream 

Getting to Zero (Overdoses):  Incorporating Patient Perspectives into Opioid-Related Policies and Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Global Health Sciences 


In 2017, over 70,000 individuals died from drug overdose, the vast majority of which involved opioids. The characteristics of opioid overdose have shifted substantially in recent years from a heroin-driven crisis to an epidemic now primarily driven by prescription and synthetic opioids. 

This dissertation qualitatively explores three vulnerable phases in individuals’ opioid-using life-cycles, including when being prescribed opioids, during an opioid taper/discontinuation, and while using illicit opioids. The goal of this research is to improve opioid-related policies and overdose prevention efforts.