Description as a Tweet:

Our project uses the Portugal model of decriminalization to visualize the future of the opioid crisis


We wanted to look at a successful model of decriminalization in order to improve the US opioid crisis.

What it does:

It visualizes the projected opioid-related death rate in the US in 2 ways. 1. If we follow our current model of strict enforcement of drug laws and 2. If we follow a model that prioritizes rehabilitation over criminalization. We also have a map that succinctly shows the opioid related deaths by state from the years 1999-2014 using open source data.

How we built it:

Using RStudio

Technologies we used:

  • Misc

Challenges we ran into:

Finding accurate and detailed information because data around drug enforcement is not fully available.

Accomplishments we're proud of:

We're proud of the research that went into finding open source data and also the future of our project.

What we've learned:

Learned R and data visualization.

What's next:

Using Portugal's current budget expenditure to predict how the future of the US Opioid Crisis will look.

Built with:

R Studio and HTML

Prizes we're going for:

  • Cash prizes: $1,000 total to first place team; $500 total to second place team; $200 to third place team
  • Apple AirPods 3rd Gen
  • JBL Clip Bluetooth Speakers
  • Bose Headphones
  • $500 total to the winning team
  • Meta Portals

Team Members

Sanjana Sitaraman
Rachana Reddy

Table Number

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