The Olin Brookings Commission—Driving Quality of Life
The Olin Brookings Commission is a multiyear initiative, underwritten by The Bellwether Foundation Inc., that convenes world-class WashU Olin Business School faculty, Brookings Institution scholars and industry leaders to explore issues of global significance. Each year, a new commission will direct research and gather data to examine megatrend topics that affect the quality of life in our community. Each commission’s work culminates with a report to national, regional and local decision-makers, summarizing its conclusions and recommending business strategies and policy measures designed to drive tangible impact on the world.
The First Commission
Inaugural commission will examine strategies for curbing the opioid epidemic.
According to some reports, more than 100 billion prescription hydrocodone and oxycodone pills were distributed in the United States between 2006 to 2014. A staggering percentage of suspicious opioid transactions has fueled a long-lasting epidemic of opioid dependency and death. In 2020 alone, approximately 69,700 people died of overdoses involving opioids in the United States.
Suppose suspicious orders could be stopped at the source—even before they got into the hands of those at risk. Olin’s Center for Analytics and Business Insights is leveraging new advances in data collection and data mining, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to tackle this pernicious issue.
The first Olin Brookings Commission will demonstrate how these technologies can address this scourge, evaluate existing policy obstacles and reveal opportunities for policy changes to empower industry and government to implement a real-time detection and alert system. Read more.