Term of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Leadership (Dr.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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College of Public Health

Committee Chair

Linda Kimsey

Committee Member 1

William Mase

Committee Member 2

Samuel Opoku

Non-Voting Committee Member

Julie Reagan


Benzodiazepines are being prescribed with increasing frequency to United States patients, drawing comparisons to, and intersecting with, the national opioid abuse epidemic. The looming threat of a ‘benzodiazepine crisis’ raises questions about how state policymakers will respond. A 10-state policy map of benzodiazepine prescribing statutes and regulations was developed to investigate the current policy environment and to establish a database for ongoing use. The impact of prescription drug abuse on state prescribing control is discussed in terms of Kingdon’s streams model.

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