Opioid Data Lab

At the Opioid Data Lab we answer the most difficult questions that have the most impact. As state universities, we have a mandate to create open source scientific tools that can be used by others, and to present our findings in a way that is accessible by the public. Our studies encompass Theory, Practice and Lived Experience. We study opioid analgesics, stimulants, and heroin-fentanyl. Housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the University of Florida, we collaborate with pain patients and people who use drugs to answer questions with real life implications. Every day, our scientists analyze datasets representing the experience of tens of millions of individuals. We understand pain management, harm reduction, addiction treatment, and overdose prevention.

We show our work to share our work. Each study in at the Opioid Data LabĀ  publishes lab notebooks that clearly identify funders, hypotheses, methods, results and data visualizations.

We use Jupyter Notebooks to show each step of the discovery process. From raw data to conclusions, these notebooks allow others to replicate or extend our work. Viewable from a web browser, you do not need to run statistical software to follow along.

We post code on GitHub repositories in 4 programming languages: SAS, Stata, Python and R. Data scientists can edit, add to, or fork our code to create new research tools and data visualizations.

Open Science and Licenses
We invite anyone with an interest in reducing the harm from prescription opioids and heroin to use our tools and improve upon them. Each project is accompanied by a license and open science badge to make sharing and reuse rules explicit.