Date of Award

Spring 2017


Capstone - Open Access


Accounting & Criminology

First Advisor

Donald Levis


The opioid epidemic is not just a problem that affects major cities, as there is a growing market for heroin in suburban communities. North Andover saw a spike from only seven overdoses in 2015, to twenty-three possible overdoses in just the first nine and a half months of 2016, depicting evidence of how grave the problem really has become in the community. The epidemic is not an issue that can be delayed and gradually deliberated, as immediate action is required to treat individuals affected and heal the community as a whole. The heroin problem has reached North Andover and the number of citizens whose lives are affected is growing significantly. Law enforcement personnel seem passionate about helping to heal the town and eager to address the issue, upon the development of effective approaches.